High-speed German train bursts into flames between Cologne and Frankfurt


A fire in an ICE train on the Frankfurt-Cologne high-speed railway line has triggered a major rescue operation and led to the closure of one of the most important arteries in German rail traffic.

The fire broke out on the train, which was reportedly travelling from Cologne to Frankfurt, on Friday morning around 6:30am, near the town of Dierdorf in Rhineland-Palatinate. Police said the train was halted and emergency crews managed to evacuate all 510 people on board.

Despite dramatic footage which showed flames engulf part of the train, authorities said only five people suffered minor injuries. The incident has triggered delays and disruption along the well-travelled route, as well as for motorists.

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Source: TheLocal.de