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Magnetic train crash kills at least 15
LATHEN, Germany, Sept. 22 (UPI) — At least 15 people died and 10 were injured when an elevated magnetic train crashed on a test track in Lathen in northwest Germany, officials said.
A local official said the driverless Transrapid train, which floats on a monorail via a magnetic levitation system called Maglev, was traveling about 120 mph when it crashed into a maintenance vehicle, the BBC reported Friday.
Twenty-nine people were on board, the BBC said.
Fire engines were at the scene, the BBC said, and ladders were being used to reach the damaged cars.
The only operational commercial use of a Transrapid system is a high-speed shuttle to China’s Shanghai airport from the city center. Transrapid International, a joint venture between Siemens AG and ThyssenKrupp, developed the system, the BBC said.