A CHILD has died and another young boy is fighting for his life after they were hit and dragged by a train.
The youngsters were dragged by a freight train for several hundred metres in the western German town of Recklinghausen.
5Police officers have blocked off the site while victims are treatedCredit: AP5Interior Minister of the state of spoke to officers following the tragedyCredit: ReutersThe incident happened at 6:12pm, and a 10-year-old boy has died.
Local media said another nine-year-old suffered serious injuries and was taken to a hospital, where the boy is fighting to survive.
According to a police spokesman, both boys are from the town of Recklinghausen.
Police confirmed several other young people were involved in the accident but did not give further details.
It’s unclear how the accident unfolded, but local media said upwards of 35 firemen and rescue workers were deployed to the accident site, near a former freight yard.
Rescue teams were searching the track bed and using drones to look for victims, they added.
Herbert Reul, interior minister of the North Rhine-Westphalia, told journalists: “It’s horrible.
“Children and trains and at such a young age, it’s just horrible what happened here and one can only hope the parents will have the strength to overcome this great misfortune.
“Why, how come, these are all questions that no one can yet answer and wouldn’t solve anything.”
5Emergency vehicles responded to the site of the tragedyCredit: Reuters5Interior Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia Herbert Reul was in shockCredit: AP5The area has been roped off from prying eyesCredit: Reuters
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