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33 injured after train rams truck in Germany

BERLIN (AP) - Police say a train has collided with a truck at a railway crossing in southwestern Germany, leaving 33 people injured - four of them seriously.

The accident happened late Friday morning at Talhausen, south of Stuttgart. A police statement said that the flatbed truck, which was carrying a dumpster, got stuck on the crossing for reasons that remain unclear.

The train driver braked sharply but was unable to avoid the truck, which was pushed about 50 meters (165 feet) along the track.

The truck driver and a passenger were lightly injured. Thirty-one people aboard the train were also hurt.

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Tom July 04 2014 at 11:12 AM

A dumpster??? That looks to me to be a construction truck or commonly called a Euclid on that trailor. A dumpster is something that you put your trash into. AOL/HP grade school writers strike again.

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Mack8743 Tom July 04 2014 at 11:14 AM

lmao yep thats what it is a off road haul truck.

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patt64 Tom July 04 2014 at 11:17 AM

...."trailor:??? Whatever. In Germany it's possible this is called a dumpster...or the designation may not be easily translatable into English...

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whiteoak July 04 2014 at 10:37 AM

not enough ground clearance for the LO=BOY trailer,,,this happens a lot

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Shelby whiteoak July 05 2014 at 1:05 AM

I agree with you whiteoak. The center of these trailers are so low, the trailer are long, thus leaving the trailers with no traction. A see saw type of thing. I have see it happen here in the Us and the roads had to be built up on the lower sides. This is usually not a problem if the road is the same height on both sides.

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iluvfreespeech July 05 2014 at 1:14 AM

most of the train employees are drunks and druggies but youll never see the stastistics on how many are sent to rehab, and everyone wonders why trains hit so many cars other than car drivers doing stupid crap too

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bad_karma1 July 04 2014 at 9:17 PM

Another safe truck driver

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hynotman July 05 2014 at 4:51 AM

Train ain't pushing THIS truck around!

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b'hamster July 04 2014 at 12:49 PM

"Four of them seriously" Yet the article ends with "The truck driver and a passenger were lightly injured". Is it just me or are the "journalists" at the AP completely inept?

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pdbliz July 04 2014 at 12:40 PM

I wish our tracks were as nice as Germanys.......GOVERMENT CONTROLS OUR RAILROADS AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS..

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KMCCLA pdbliz July 04 2014 at 2:32 PM

Most, if not all railroads in the US are privately owned. That is one thing about our railroad, they pay taxes -- a lot of them -- and own their own tracks. The only railroad run by the government is Amtrak, which is only passenger, and is a drain on the tax roles.

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gramargo KMCCLA July 04 2014 at 9:38 PM

And that's why Amtrak is sometimes behind schedule on the Pacific Coast....the freight traiins have the right of way in many areas, and we don't have much double track in our state. My son drives trains for Burlington from Bakersfield, CA across the Tehachapi Mountains to Barstow and Victorville. They are forever having to wait for some other train to cross the mountains so they can go the other way. Amazing bit of track, with at least one tunnel and a place where the tracks form a complete circle with a long train actually crossing over (or under, depending on going up or down hill) its other end. At present no passenger trains use those tracks.

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wbearl pdbliz July 04 2014 at 3:43 PM

Compare Germany to the US and see how small the country is. Compare how many tons of freight Germany carries compared to any one US Railroad. Back in the 60's and 70's Germany tried to export railroad equipment to the US, they didn't hold up to our railroading. Don't compare Apples and Oranges.

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msslongrider July 04 2014 at 12:47 PM

Sad Truck driving used to be a Proud Profession,Now it's only a bunch of stering wheel uneductaed idiots driveing them!

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Madeye msslongrider July 04 2014 at 4:44 PM

And if you were educated, you would have written your comment as follows: Sad. Truck driving used to be a proud profession. Now it's only a bunch of steering wheel uneducated idiots driving them!
That's just the spelling and a couple punctuation mistakes, I couldn't make it make sense.

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ooc5477 July 04 2014 at 11:06 AM

I don't see in this photo a street that the truck was using to actually cross the tracks!??

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Brian Workman July 04 2014 at 11:33 PM

An I thought only Americans acted stupid around railroad tracks!!

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