German bullet-train hits tree toppled by storm, several injured

Other News Materials 1 March 2008 14:17 (UTC +04:00)

(dpa) - A German ICE bullet-train crashed before dawn Saturday into a tree that fell on a track during a storm raging across Europe.

The German railways said the engine driver and several passengers were injured in the collision near Bonn, but none of the injuries were serious and the high-speed inter-city express train had not derailed.

The storm, code-named Emma by German meteorologists, was lashing parts of western Europe with winds gusting up to 180 kilometres per hour on mountaintops, ripping tiles from roofs and toppling billboards.

German railways officials said other tracks were closed by fallen trees, but the disruption was less than feared.

Many flights were cancelled at Frankfurt International Airport because of the high wind.

Forecasters said the storm had still to reach its peak.