German train hits tractor-trailer, 2 killed near Ibbenbueren

Published on : Sunday, May 17, 2015

train crashAccording to police, a passenger train hit a tractor-trailer on a level crossing, At least two people were killed and 20 injured. The accident occurred near the town of Ibbenbueren. Three of those injured were said to be in a severe condition.

Police spokesman Jochen Laschke said “We got an emergency call at 11:31 (09:32 GMT) and rescue team, fire fighters and psychologists from all over the region were activated to help. The train was very crowded.”

According to Mr. Laschke, after hitting the tractor-trailer, the train came to a halt about 200m (650ft) down the track. The driver of the tractor had not been injured.

The front of the train was damaged badly with windows and metal parts torn away.

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