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Elevated Train Crashes in Germany

April 12, 1999

BONN, Germany (AP) _ An elevated train filled with morning commuters derailed and plunged into a river today in the western German city of Wuppertal. Authorities said many people were injured.

The train fell about 30 feet into the water off a stretch of track above the Wupper river, and rescue officials fished more than a dozen injured from the water, witnesses said. German television quoted rescue officials as saying at least 20 people were injured.

Radio reports said the train, filled with passengers, apparently hit a platform left behind by track workers just before the crash.

Further details were not immediately available.

``It’s absolute chaos here,″ a police spokesman in Wuppertal said.

The train, a technological marvel when it was built about 100 years ago, travels suspended from tracks running above the trains on arching girders. Much of the route runs over the Wupper, which cuts through a narrow valley of old industrial towns about 30 miles east of Cologne.

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