[Latest Tuesday evening - 10 people died and doctors say some of the injured have life threatening injuries. Both trains were travelling around 60mph when they crashed. Investigations have begun and whether human error played a part is being considered]
Mainstream media reported four people dad and around 100 others seriously injured in a train collision in Bad Aibling, a spa town about 60 km or 37 miles south east of Munich, in the southern German state of Bavaria, but the death toll quickly rose to eight.
More than 150 people are reported injured, some in a critical condition.
Two busy commuter trains ended up on a single line and in a head on collision; signalling, technical or human error may have caused the crash.
According to the Independent "The crash took place shortly before 7am local time (6am GMT), on a stretch of the track between Rosenheim and Holzkirchen."
One train derailed with some carriages flipping over. The accident happened early Tuesday morning, at a time when school children would normally have been on board but today is a holiday in Germany.
People are still trapped in the wreckage at time of writing and as the image shows rescue services have responded in huge numbers.
But rescue teams are struggling with the scale of the crash and accessibility to the crash site, a wooded area. Some rescuers are being winched in from helicopters.
Rescuers warn the death toll could rise.
This is a breaking news story and updates will follow