Around 50 injured in German train crash: police

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Around 50 people were injured, nine seriously, when a German train Tuesday derailed after colliding with a car, police said.

Three of the regional train's four carriages came off the tracks, one of them ending up in a nearby meadow.

There were around 70 passengers on the train, which crashed in Bad Lausick, around 200 kilometres (120 miles) south of the capital Berlin, a spokesman for Deutsche Bahn rail service said.

Police said the car was shunted onto the tracks by a van. The car's driver managed to leave the vehicle before the impact.

The train was travelling between the eastern German cities of Chemnitz and Leipzig.

© 2011 AFP

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