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German train crash leaves three dead and many injured

One of the packed train's carriages where it came to rest after the high speed spill. Photo: Salvi/Twitter
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Three people have been killed and 16 severely injured after a regional train derailed in southern Germany.

A police spokesperson says the Munich-bound train was quite full at the time of the crash north of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, a ski resort in Bavaria that is also popular with hikers.

In total, 60 people were hurt in the accident, a Garmisch-Partenkirchen district office spokesperson said on Friday.

There were multiple school students on board the train, the regional Muenchener Merkur newspaper said.

Pictures on social media showed carriages of a double-decker regional train stuck between tree branches and rolled down an embankment.

Images showed people being carried away on stretchers and standing around on the tracks.

A major emergency services operation was still under way, police said, and the rail line was closed.

Regional trains have seen higher passenger numbers since June 1, when a ticket allowing Germany-wide travel came into effect.

-AAP