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33 Hurt As Trains Collide in Germany

November 20, 2006

BERLIN – A Berlin commuter train rear-ended a stationary maintenance vehicle at a busy station Monday, injuring 33 people, two of them seriously, officials said.

The accident occurred in the morning at the Suedkreuz station, an interchange south of downtown Berlin.

Two people who were seriously hurt were taken to a hospital, the fire department said. The other 31 were treated at the scene before being taken to a hospital for further examination.

The cause of the accident was not immediately clear, railway spokesman Burkhard Ahlert said.

Although the commuter line was blocked, long-distance train traffic running through the station was unaffected.




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