Key European train line partially reopens after landslide, derailment

A major European train line linking Germany to the Czech Republic has partially reopened after a landslide blocked a 150-metre-long section of the track, a spokeswoman for Deutsche Bahn said.

She said operations resumed later on Tuesday afternoon, after heavy rains caused the landslide overnight.

The situation only worsened after a freight train ploughed into the debris that had fallen on the tracks at the German-Czech border.

Germany's national train operator, Deutsche Bahn, said that 11 long-distance train connections were cancelled as a result of the deluge, and several other services were subject to delays. Replacement bus services were organized for some of the affected passengers.

The stretch of track serves traffic to a variety of key European destinations, including Prague, Budapest, Bratislava and Vienna.

Thunder storms descended on different parts of Germany on Monday night, with the fire brigade in Hamburg responding to 78 weather-related incidents, while in Berlin safety officials were called out dozens of times.

Last update: Sun, 21/08/2016 - 12:59

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