Train Crash in Germany Leaves 10 Dead

January 30, 2011 Updated: October 1, 2015

Emergency staff work at the scene of an accident where a passenger train collided head on with a goods train on January 30, 2011 in Hordorf near Oschersleben, Germany. (Marco Prosch/Getty Images)
Emergency staff work at the scene of an accident where a passenger train collided head on with a goods train on January 30, 2011 in Hordorf near Oschersleben, Germany. (Marco Prosch/Getty Images)
Ten people died when a local passenger train collided with a cargo train on Saturday evening in east Germany, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported.

Both trains were traveling on a single-track section between Magdeburg and Halle in foggy conditions and at a high speed. The head-on crash threw the passenger train off the tracks and severely crushed its front section.

A reported 22 people were injured in the collision, making it the second most severe train accident of the last decade in Germany.

The cause of the crash is still unclear. Minister-President of Saxony-Anhalt Wolfgang Böhmer, told the paper that one of the drivers probably ignored a stop light "since you cannot tell from a train schedule that two trains are heading toward each other."

According to Central German Broadcasting Germany's train security system automatically halts trains that ignore stop lights. On this particular track, trains travel at below 100 km/h (62 mph) so only a manual safety system was required