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Passengers rescued from train

2010-07-11 19:15

Berlin - Officials in Germany say dozens of passengers have been rescued from an overheated train after the air conditioning broke as a heat wave broiled Europe.

A national railway system official said 44 people needed medical treatment after they were taken from the train in the western city of Bielefeld.

Hans-Dieter Muehlenberg, the chief of a local rescue squad, was quoted as saying that the windows on the high-tech ICE train do not open and temperatures inside around 50°C.
He said nine people were taken to hospital.

Germany has gone through a severe heat wave with temperatures approaching 40°C.