50 injured after passenger train hits freight train in Germany

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Rescue workers are pictured at the site of train crash in Meerbusch west of Duesseldorf, Germany December 5, 2017 in this picture obtained from social media. Meerbusch is in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany's most populous state.

Five people were injured in a train collision in a city close to Dusseldorf on Tuesday, local fire department said.

A passenger train is said to have collided with a freight train in the town of Meerbusch. National Express's first estimate of the number of injured was 20.

There was no immediate reason given for the crash.

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The train was a commuter train run by a subsidiary of the British-owned National Express. While a rescue operation was launched immediately, authorities have said the injuries people suffered were not life-threatening. However, it remains unclear why the freight train parked on the same track.

"Given the circumstances the situation is relatively calm".

A photo tweeted by the Meerbusch fire service showed the passenger train partially derailed but still upright.

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