At Least 81 Injured, 10 Dead In German Train Crash

German train crash in Bad Aibling.
Members of the emergency services stand next to a crashed train near Bad Aibling in southwest Germany, February 9. At least 10 people died in the collision. Michael Dalder/Reuters

Updated | Ten people are dead and at least 81 are injured following a train crash in Germany, police say.

Two passenger trains were involved in the head-on collision near the town of Bad Aibling in Bavaria on Tuesday morning. One of the trains was derailed.

Dozens of rescue teams attended the crash site, which was sealed off, and a crash investigation is underway. The cause is unknown, with a police spokesman dismissing a suggestion that an automatic braking system had been switched off as "pure speculation," the BBC reports.

Human error is still being investigated as a possible cause of the disaster.

The trains' operator, Meridian, is part of French passenger transport firm Transdev, which is jointly owned by state-owned bank CDC and water and waste firm Veolia.

Transdev said in a statement that management and staff were shocked by the "exceptionally serious accident" and that Chief Executive Jean-Marc Janaillac was at the scene.

German Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt, also at the site of the crash, said on Tuesday it was unclear whether the accident had been due to a technical failure or human error.

The crash site is in a densely wooded area, with some casualties evacuated by boat and helicopter. Dobrindt said that the two trains may have been unable to see each other in advance of the crash and therefore collided largely without braking, the BBC reported.

Dobrindt said the trains had probably been traveling at around 100 kilometers per hour when they crashed.

Munich's blood bank issued a call for donors on its Facebook page.

Chancellor Angela Merkel said she was "dismayed" by the crash.