Death toll in German train crash rises to five | Germany

The death toll in a German train derailment near a Bavarian alpine resort has risen to five, police said, after another body was found in the wreckage.

Investigators searched the overturned cars for victims and clues as to the cause of the derailment on Friday near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, an area set to host the G7 summit in late June.

“At this time, we don’t believe there were any other casualties, but I can’t say for sure yet,” Deputy Regional Police Chief Frank Hellwig told reporters on Saturday.

He said four of the dead were women and 44 people were injured, including children.

The accident happened just after noon as the school holidays began in the two southern German regions of Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria.

Police said the regional train was very congested with around 140 people on board as a new €9 (£7.70) monthly public transport ticket valid across Germany also boosted demand.

Federal Transport Minister Volker Wissing visited the scene of the derailment on Saturday and said he was very moved. “We will continue to investigate and get to the bottom of what happened,” he said.

The head of German rail company Deutsche Bahn, Richard Lutz, also visited the scene of the accident and said he was saddened by the deaths and pledged to carry out a thorough investigation.

The train had just left Garmisch-Partenkirchen for Munich, the Bavarian state capital, when the incident occurred in the Burgrain district.

The region has started preparations to host the G7 summit of world leaders from June 26-28. Heads of state and government, including US President Joe Biden, are due to meet at Schloss Elmau, 11 km from Garmisch-Partenkirchen.