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German Rail Collision: Investigators Face 'Long and Complex Investigation'

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    Rescue workers stand near the wreckage of two trains that collided head-on the day before in Bavaria on February 10, 2016 near Bad Aibling, Germany. Authorities say at least nine people are dead and over 100 injured in the collision between two trains of the Meridian local commuter train service that occurred at approximately 7:00 am Tuesday.

    Officials were facing a "long and complex investigation" Wednesday into whether human error or technical fault caused a deadly high-speed collision between two commuter trains in southern Germany, NBC News reported.

    Like most German railway lines, the track was fitted with a safety measure designed to force trains heading toward each other to brake.

    The trains were supposed to pass at a station where the track divided — instead they slammed into each other on a curve, meaning their drivers would likely not have seen each other until it was too late, according to The Associated Press.

    Ten people were killed and another 17 severely injured the crash near Bad Aibling on Tuesday.