17 injured in Austria after train crashes into river

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the last day of before the holidays, a with dozens of children and teenagers on board derailed and plunged into a river in Austria.

According to the rescue , Anton Schilcher, 17 people were slightly injured in the accident in the province of Salzburg on Friday.

The accident occurred shortly after 7.00 a.m. (0500 GMT) near Kendlbruck.

A carriage of a regional train fell about four metres over the river embankment and came to rest on its side in the Mur, the ORF online broadcaster reported.

According to the head of the rescue , the rails were covered with roots or something similar after a storm.

Most of the 50 passengers were children and young people.

They had been on their way to Tamsweg, a Red Cross spokeswoman told dpa.

The town is an important school location for surrounding regions.