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2 Die As Trains Collide in Germany

February 18, 1999

MUNICH, Germany (AP) _ Two passenger trains collided near the southern German city of Immenstadt today, killing two people and injuring 33, authorities said.

The cause of the accident near the Austrian border about 75 miles southwest of Munich was under investigation, although German rail spokesman Reiner Latsch said sabotage was not suspected.

Latsch declined to comment on whether snow or mechanical failure might have played a role.

Police said the last car of the InterCity train bound for Dortmund in northwestern Germany derailed first, and was struck by a local train traveling on an adjacent track toward the ski resort town of Oberstdorf. The locomotive of the local train tipped over and all seven wagons derailed.

Police said the next-to-last car of the InterCity tipped over about 325 feet farther down the track, but the rest of the InterCity was undamaged.

A woman and a man on the Dortmund-bound train were killed; at least nine people were seriously hurt and 24 others suffered minor injuries.

It was the first fatal train accident in Germany since an InterCity Express derailed in the northern town of Eschede last June, killing 101 passengers, railway spokesman Martin Katz said. Investigators have said that crash was caused by a broken wheel.

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