Train traffic in Germany disrupted at least until the end of November after the collision of two freight trains

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Train connections in Germany will be severely disrupted at least until November 27 as a result of a collision between two freight trains earlier this week, the Deutsche Bahn railway company has said.

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The collision causes two tank wagons to leak propane gas in a wooded area. “Any spark could lead to disaster,” said a police spokesman. At the scene of the accident, the track is completely closed and trains are being diverted, a spokeswoman for Deutsche Bahn said. The rail company expected the closure to last until Sunday evening.

The two trains collided on Thursday on a section of track that forms an important connection between Berlin and cities such as Cologne, Hanover and Amsterdam. Train passengers can expect delays and canceled journeys.

Each tank car contained about 50 tons of propane gas and about 250 kilos of propane leaked out per hour. As a result, no clearance work could be carried out yet. All other wagons remain where they were after the collision.

The biggest challenge is the construction of infrastructure, the police spokesperson explained. After all, the forest paths around the accident site are soaked. Gravel is expected to be placed on the paths on Saturday so that the material can be brought in to hoist the wagons and the damaged locomotive.

It is still unclear how long the work will take. The fire service believes that its work may take two weeks.

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