One person killed and several injured in train collision near Munich

One person was killed and around 18 people were injured - five of them seriously - on Monday when two commuter trains collided near Munich in southern Germany, police said.

The scene near Ebenhausen-Schäftlarn station, in the Munich district, on Tuesday morning
The scene near Ebenhausen-Schäftlarn station, in the Munich district, on Tuesday morning. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Matthias Balk

A 24-year-old passenger died in the crash, a spokesperson for Munich police said late on Monday. 

At least 18 people were injured – five of them seriously. They were rushed to hospital. 

The two train drivers are among those who are seriously injured, reported Bavarian broadcaster BR24. Around 25 passengers from the two S-Bahn trains were treated as outpatients. A total of 95 people were in the carriages at the time of the collision. 

The cause of the crash, which happened at around 4.40pm, is not yet clear.

The extent of the damage can be seen following the crash. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Matthias Balk

Images in local media showed passengers standing next to the track after the collision, with partially derailed carriages visible.

“One person died and there are injured people – in the double-digit range,” a Munich police spokesman told AFP

 Another 14 people were injured, a police spokeswoman told AFP.

The crash occurred near the S-Bahn urban rail station of Ebenhausen-Schäftlarn, southwest of Munich, with the two commuter trains apparently slamming into each other head-on.

 More than 200 rescue workers and police were at the scene by the early evening, the police spokesman said.

One injured person was initially trapped inside a carriage but was later freed, he added.

A crane is in use at the scene of the accident.

A crane at the scene of the accident. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Matthias Balk

Germany’s top-selling Bild newspaper had earlier reported that a train driver was trapped in the mangled wreckage.

The stretch of track in Germany’s Bavaria region was closed off after the incident, with rail replacement bus services running.

Rescue teams at the scene on Monday. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Matthias Balk

Passengers on board the trains told the Merkur newspaper that they felt a loud bang and were thrown forward.

German rail operator Deutsche Bahn said the relevant authorities had opened an investigation.

“No assessment can be made about the cause of the accident at this moment,” it said in a statement.

“Our deepest sympathies go out to the relatives of the victim of the accident. We wish the injured a speedy and full recovery,” added Heiko Büttner, head of S-Bahn Munich.

Bavarian premier Markus Söder expressed dismay at the “terrible news” and thanked the rescue workers for their “quick action”.

According to local radio, two S-Bahn trains nearly collided in the same area last August, but both drivers were able to brake in time.

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Munich introduces diesel driving ban in city centre

A diesel driving ban comes into effect in Munich’s city centre on February 1st. Here’s how it works.

Munich introduces diesel driving ban in city centre

As part of a drive to clean up the Bavarian capital’s air quality, Munich is banning diesel vehicles from its downtown.

All vehicles with emissions standards of Diesel Euro 5/V or worse will eventually be affected. The ban is, however, being phased in over three stages – so some vehicles will fall under the ban later than others.

Vehicles with emissions standards of Euro 4/IV or worse will fall under the ban immediately.

Stage two of the ban starts on October 1st of this year and will affect all vehicles with Euro 5/V or worse, except if the driver has obtained a legal exception.

Starting on April 1st, 2024, most ban exceptions given out until then will expire – and the ban will cover all diesel vehicles with Euro 5/V or worse.

Where in Munich is affected?

Everywhere inside Munich’s main ring road, the B2R, falls under the ban. This includes Munich’s entire city centre. Diesel vehicles can still operate outside this zone.

Who gets an exception?

Craftsmen, delivery services, emergency vehicles, people with disabilities, residents of the neighbourhood, and nursing homes can all apply for exceptions to the ban. However, exceptions for both residents and delivery services will expire on April 1st, 2024.

A special permit proving an exception costs about €50 a year.

What’s the penalty?

Breaking the ban likely comes with a combined fine of around €128, including administration costs and the actual ticket.

Where can I find my car’s classification?

You can find your vehicle’s emission classification in Part I of your registration certificate, under point 14.1.