At least 3 people have died and 60 have been injured after a Munich-bound train derailed in southern Germany on Friday, police said.

The uniformed spokesman has not provided any information about the deaths, but has said that the train was very busy at the time of the accident, which occurred north of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, a well-known ski resort in Bavaria. Among the injured, 16 have been seriously injured, a district spokesman said.

According to the local newspaper ‘Garmisch-Partenkirchen Tagblatt’, some primary school students may have taken the train. The images on social networks show several double-decker train cars wedged in the branches of the trees and falling down an embankment, as well as several people being evacuated on stretchers.

The emergency services have deployed a large rescue operation and have closed the railway to facilitate the work.

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