Freight train hits two children – one dead, another seriously injured

An ambulance from the fire brigade in action (archive image)
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According to initial information from the NRW Ministry of the Interior, two children were hit by a freight train in the train accident in Recklinghausen. A child died and one was seriously injured, said a spokesman for the situation center in the NRW Ministry of the Interior on Thursday evening.

AOn a railway line in Recklinghausen in North Rhine-Westphalia, two children were hit by a train on Thursday, as the North Rhine-Westphalian Ministry of the Interior announced on Thursday evening. According to a spokeswoman for the Recklinghausen police to the AFP news agency, the accident happened in the evening on the railway line between Recklinghausen-Ost and Recklinghausen-Hauptbahnhof.

Accordingly, a freight train is involved in the accident, which was reported to the police at 6:12 p.m. According to the fire department, 35 firefighters and rescue workers were deployed. “We searched the track bed,” said a spokesman for the fire department. Due to the darkness and the extent of the search area, a drone was used. The accident site is near a former freight yard. Recklinghausen is located in the northern Ruhr area.

The WDR had previously reported that several people had had an accident and that they had been “dragged for several hundred meters”.

After the train accident, the route between Gladbeck and Recklinghausen main station is closed. There are restrictions on regional traffic on the S9, RE2 and RE42 train lines, said a spokeswoman for Deutsche Bahn. Long-distance traffic is not affected.

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