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Train crash in Bavaria: Fifth person found in wreckage

The death toll has risen to five (Photo: AFP)

Emergency services found another body under the rubble of a train derailed in southern Germany on Friday, bringing the total number of dead to five.

Rescuers are searching this morning for survivors of the disaster in the picturesque mountainous region north of Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Bavaria.

A regional train traveling from the Alpine ski area to Munich veered off the tracks, causing at least three vehicles to overturn.

Authorities said five people had been confirmed dead and 44 injured, including three passengers being treated at the hospital for serious injuries.

A police spokesman said a major operation to free people from the wreckage was ready.

“As far as we can tell, all the people were rescued from the train,” the spokesman said, adding that removing the overturned vehicles “would not take days.”

On Saturday, however, Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann said it was possible that corpses could still be sitting under the rubble, saying about seven people were still unaccounted for.

About 140 people were on board when the accident happened.

After several failed attempts, the cranes managed to lift at least one carriage of the train leaving the track on Saturday.

Prosecutors have launched an investigation into the cause of the incident.

Regional and national politicians visited the site and expressed their shock.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said he was shocked by the news and images of the crash.

“Our sympathy is with the relatives, with the wounded, to whom we wish a speedy recovery,” he told broadcasters RTL and ntv.

The Bavarian state premier, Markus Söder, said on Saturday during a visit to the scene of the accident that it was an ‘incomprehensible thing’.

“We very much hope that there are no more deaths,” he said, adding that such an accident was always a shock and a ‘blow to the heart’.

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Train crash in Bavaria: Fifth person found in wreckage

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