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German trains crash head-on, killing eight and injuring 150 in Bavarian town of Bad Aibling

Published 09/02/2016

The axis sits separated from the carriage at the site of a train accident near Bad Aibling, Germany, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016 (Josef Reissner/dpa via AP)
The axis sits separated from the carriage at the site of a train accident near Bad Aibling, Germany, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016 (Josef Reissner/dpa via AP)
Aerial view shows firefighters and emergency doctors working at the site of a train accident near Bad Aibling, southern Germany, on February 9, 2016. Two Meridian commuter trains operated by Transdev collided head-on near Bad Aibling, around 60 kilometres (40 miles) southeast of Munich, killing at least eight people and injuring around 100, police said. The cause of the accident was not immediately clear. / AFP / dpa / Peter Kneffel / Germany OUTPETER KNEFFEL/AFP/Getty Images
Rescue forces work at the site of a train accident near Bad Aibling, Germany, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. Several people where killed after two trains collided head-on. (Josef Reissner/dpa via AP)
Aerial view of rescue forces working at the site of a train accident near Bad Aibling, Germany, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. Several people were killed when two trains collided head-on. (Peter Kneffel/dpa via AP)
The axis sits separated from the carriage at the site of a train accident near Bad Aibling, Germany, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. Several people where killed after two trains collided head-on. (Josef Reissner/dpa via AP)
Aerial view shows firefighters and emergency doctors working at the site of a train accident near Bad Aibling, southern Germany, on February 9, 2016. Two Meridian commuter trains operated by Transdev collided head-on near Bad Aibling, around 60 kilometres (40 miles) southeast of Munich, killing at least eight people and injuring around 100, police said. The cause of the accident was not immediately clear. / AFP / dpa / Peter Kneffel / Germany OUTPETER KNEFFEL/AFP/Getty Images
Aerial view shows firefighters and emergency doctors working at the site of a train accident near Bad Aibling, southern Germany, on February 9, 2016. Two Meridian commuter trains operated by Transdev collided head-on near Bad Aibling, around 60 kilometres (40 miles) southeast of Munich, killing at least eight people and injuring around 100, police said. The cause of the accident was not immediately clear. / AFP / dpa / Peter Kneffel / Germany OUTPETER KNEFFEL/AFP/Getty Images
Aerial view shows firefighters and emergency doctors working at the site of a train accident near Bad Aibling, southern Germany, on February 9, 2016. Two Meridian commuter trains operated by Transdev collided head-on near Bad Aibling, around 60 kilometres (40 miles) southeast of Munich, killing at least eight people and injuring around 100, police said. The cause of the accident was not immediately clear. / AFP / dpa / Peter Kneffel / Germany OUTPETER KNEFFEL/AFP/Getty Images
TOPSHOT - Firefighters and emergency doctors work at the site of a train accident near Bad Aibling, southern Germany, on February 9, 2016. Two Meridian commuter trains operated by Transdev collided head-on near Bad Aibling, around 60 kilometres (40 miles) southeast of Munich, killing at least eight people and injuring around 100, police said. The cause of the accident was not immediately clear. / AFP / dpa / Peter Kneffel / Germany OUTPETER KNEFFEL/AFP/Getty Images
BAD AIBLING, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 09: Rescue workers stand near the wreckage of two trains that collided head-on several hours before in Bavaria on February 9, 2016 near Bad Aibling, Germany. Authorities say at least four people are dead and over 150 injured in the collision between two trains of the Meridian local commuter train service that occurred at approximately 7 am. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
BAD AIBLING, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 09: Emergency Rescue workers carrying a victim at the wreckage of two trains that collided head-on several hours before in Bavaria on February 9, 2016 near Bad Aibling, Germany. Authorities say at least four people are dead and over 150 injured in the collision between two trains of the Meridian local commuter train service that occurred at approximately 7 am. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
Rescue personnel wait in Bad Aibling, Germany, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, after two regional trains crashed killing at least two people. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
One train is said to have derailed following the collision in Bavaria

Two trains have crashed head-on in southern Germany, killing at least eight people.

About 150 more were injured - 10 seriously - in the crash, police said.

Two regional trains were involved in the incident near Bad Aibling, in Bavaria, according to reports.

One train is reported to have derailed in the accident, with several carriages overturned.

Police spokesman Stefan Sonntag told reporters two regional trains crashed head-on on the single track, suggesting a signal failure.

It happened between Rosenheim and Holzkirchen shortly before 7am local time.

Eight rescue helicopters were involved in rescue efforts near Bad Aibling, with further emergency staff making their way to the site.

Mr Sonntag said at least two people had died in the crash, but that the scene of the accident is so chaotic, there are no specific numbers over the amount of dead or injured.

"This is the biggest accident we have had in years in this region and we have many emergency doctors, ambulances and helicopters on the scene," Mr Sonntag said.

He added that some people are still trapped inside the wreckage, and rescue personnel are trying to free them.

A rescue helicopter flies toward the site where two regional trains crashed near Bad Aibling, southern Germany, Tuesday morning, Feb. 9, 2016. Police said that at least two people have died and about 100 have been injured 10 seriously in a train crash in southern Germany. (Paul Winterer/dpa via AP)
A rescue helicopter flies toward the site where two regional trains crashed near Bad Aibling, southern Germany, Tuesday morning, Feb. 9, 2016. Police said that at least two people have died and about 100 have been injured 10 seriously in a train crash in southern Germany. (Paul Winterer/dpa via AP)

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