At least nine people have been killed and more than a hundred injured after two commuter trains collided near Munich.

The two trains crashed head-on at about 07:00 local time (06:00 GMT) near the town of Bad Aibling in the German state of Bavaria, about 60km south-east of Munich.

Bot train partially derailed and a number of carriages overturned.

The crash site is in a densely wooden region close to the Mangfall river, which makes it difficult for emergency services to reach the scene.

Emergency teams needed to be winched in by helicopter, and have worked for hours to free casualties from the wreckage.

Police said all casualties had been removed from the wreckage by midday, with the drivers of both trains and two train guards identified amongst the dead.

Bernd Rosenbach, managing director of Bayerische Oberlandbahn, which operates Meridian trains, told reporters:

“The accident is a huge shock for us. We are doing everything we can to help the travellers, relatives and workers.”

The cause of the collision is not yet known.

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