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According to initial information from the NRW Ministry of the Interior, two children were hit by a freight train in the train accident in Recklinghausen.
A child died and one was seriously injured, said a spokesman for the situation center in the NRW Ministry of the Interior on Thursday evening.
A freight train may have hit several people, a police spokeswoman said.
The police initially did not want to provide any further information when asked by the dpa.
According to the fire department, 35 firefighters and rescue workers were deployed.
"We searched the track bed," said a spokesman for the fire department.
Due to the darkness and the extent of the search area, a drone was used.
The accident site is near a former freight yard.
The route between Gladbeck and Recklinghausen main station was initially closed.
There are restrictions on regional traffic on the S9, RE2 and RE42 train lines, said a spokeswoman for Deutsche Bahn.
Long-distance traffic is not affected.
The accident happened in Recklinghausen-Ost.