Two Ukrainian women killed in a train crash in Germany and one of their sons in hospital after fleeing the war-torn country

TWO Ukrainian women were among the tragic deaths in a train crash in Germany.

Five people died and dozens were injured after the Munich-bound train derailed at around 12.15pm on Friday in Burgrain, near the ski resort of Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

A wagon is raised at the site of the train crash that killed five people

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A wagon is raised at the site of the train crash that killed five peopleCredit: AP
The train derailed in Burgrain near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, southern Germany

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The train derailed in Burgrain near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, southern GermanyPhoto credit: AFP

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Four of the victims were reportedly women between the ages of 32 and 70 – including the two Ukrainian women who came to Germany after fleeing Vladimir Putin’s war.

One of the Ukrainian woman’s sons is said to be still in the hospital with serious injuries after the horror crash, reports BILD.

A fifth victim, a man, was found under the train on Saturday after initial attempts to lift the derailed carriages failed.

Rescue workers had to wait until a heavy crane was brought to the site.

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“At the moment we don’t assume there were any other victims, but I can’t say for sure yet,” Deputy State Police Commissioner Frank Hellwig told reporters.

Footage from the scene showed crumpled double-decker cars on their side with debris strewn across the tracks as stunned passengers climbed out of broken windows with their suitcases.

Rescue workers scrambled to find survivors in the carnage, with firefighters forced to cut down trees to gain access to the rubble.

According to reports, 140 passengers were on board at the time of the derailment.

At least 44 people were wounded – including children – and 15 were hospitalized with serious injuries, police said.

Many school children were on board the train on Friday after the holidays.

Stefan Sonntag from the Oberbayern police said the train was “very crowded and used by many people, hence the high number of injuries”.

The cause of the derailment was not immediately clear, but prosecutors and police have launched an investigation, police said.

Investigators have reportedly ruled out a collision with another train or a vehicle.

Bavaria’s Transport Minister Christian Bernreiter said: “On site, all experts were of the opinion that the most likely cause should be a technical defect on the track or on the train.”

The mountain resort of Garmisch-Partenkirchen and its surrounding regions are preparing to host the G7 summit of world leaders later this month.

From June 26th to 28th, the heads of state and government, including US President Joe Biden, will meet at Schloss Elmau – around seven kilometers from Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Police and soldiers deployed to secure the site in front of the summit were diverted to help with the rescue operation.

According to reports, three helicopters from the Austrian region of Tyrol also rushed to the scene.

An American soldier who watched the accident from a nearby road said the scene was “just horrific”.

He told the Garmisch Partenkirchner Tagblatt: “It was terrible. Just awful. Suddenly the train overturned.”

An elderly passenger who survived the accident after rescue workers smashed a window and pulled him out said: “There was a lot of rumble and then dust”.

A firefighter described the scene of the accident as “brutal.”

Part of the route between Munich and Garmisch-Partenkirchen was closed and traffic was diverted, the German railway operator Deutsche Bahn said.

Regional trains have recorded higher passenger numbers since June 1st, when a Germany-wide ticket came into force.

Germany’s deadliest rail accident occurred in 1998 when a state-owned Deutsche Bahn high-speed train derailed in Eschede, Lower Saxony, killing 101 people.

The last fatal accident occurred on February 14 this year, when a collision between two local trains near Munich killed one person and injured 14 others.

In 2017, 41 people were injured in a collision between a passenger train and a stationary freight train near the center of Düsseldorf.

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