Two freight trains run into each other in Hesse. A locomotive and wagons derail. For a 49-year-old, the help of the emergency services comes too late in a badly damaged locomotive.

A train driver died in an accident involving two freight trains near Münster in southern Hesse. According to initial findings, one of the trains was standing on the line early Thursday morning due to a defective overhead line and the other train had started, the federal police said.

The double-track line between Darmstadt and Aschaffenburg in Bavaria had to be completely closed. According to the information, the work at the scene of the accident should take longer, which is why there are also impairments in train traffic.

The accident happened around 4 a.m. in the morning on the open road, said a spokesman for the federal police. Cars pushed into each other. The 49-year-old engine driver was reportedly trapped in the derailed locomotive and succumbed to his injuries at the scene of the accident. The driver of the other freight train was not injured. However, he was taken care of.

No information could initially be given about the charge. The exact cause of the accident is not yet clear. Federal police, state police and several fire brigades were deployed at the scene of the accident.