Firefighters work at the place where a train crash occurred near Dusseldorf, Germany, on December 4, 2017
A total of 41 people were injured by the collision of two trains on Tuesday in Meerbusch, in western Germany, according to the final report released Wednesday by firefighters.
One of the injured is in critical condition and seven suffer serious injuries, said a statement from the firefighters of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.
Train crash in Germany
The previous balance accounted for about fifty injured in the collision of a passenger train and another cargo.
In total, 173 people were traveling on the passenger train of the British private company National Express, which hit a freight train of the German public company DB that was stopped.
The crash occurred towards 19h30 local (18H30 GMT). The driver of the passenger train undoubtedly avoided an even worse catastrophe by slowing down the convoy before it was fully embedded in the other train.
„It detected an obstacle in the road and immediately activated emergency braking,“ without being able to completely avoid the collision, said National Express spokesman Marcel Winter.