Trains collide in Germany

2011-01-11 15:11

The Hague - An international passenger train carrying 146 people toward Germany collided with a freight train in the eastern Netherlands on Tuesday. Police and rail authorities said there were no initial reports of any injuries.

Babet Verstappen, a spokesperson for Dutch rail network organisation Prorail, said part of the passenger train derailed after the collision just after noon near the town of Zevenaar.

Verstappen said the passenger train was believed to be an ICE train that travels between the Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland.

Police spokesperson Andrea Jansen confirmed that the passenger train had partially derailed and said police had no reports of any injuries as a result of the crash.

Jansen said the train was heading toward Germany, but had no further details.

The ICE train reaches speeds of up to 300km/h in Germany, according to its website.