Germany: 2 die in rail crash
Germany, 18 February 1999: A man and a woman were killed when 2 trains collided in the south of Germany.
The collision occurred at around 1100 on Thursday February 18, 1999. An express train was travelling between Obertsdorf and Dortmund when the two rear carriages became derailed. A local train proceeding in the opposite direction collided with them.
A woman was killed instantly and a man died later in hospital. A further 22 people received injuries. A spokesman said that 11 of the casualties were seriously injured.
Germany's worst rail disaster since WWII occurred last year near the northern town of Eschede. Ninety-nine people were hilled when a high-speed "ICE" struck a bridge.