Several people were hit by a train on a railway line in Recklinghausen in North Rhine-Westphalia on Thursday.

As a spokeswoman for the Recklinghausen police told the AFP news agency, the accident happened in the evening on the railway line between Recklinghausen-Ost and Recklinghausen-Hauptbahnhof.

Accordingly, a freight train is involved in the accident, which was reported to the police at 6:12 p.m.

The police initially did not want to provide information on the age and number of victims.

The WDR reported that the people "were dragged along for several hundred meters".

Accordingly, a large contingent of the fire brigade was in action and searched the tracks.