Cruise Ship Hits Bridge, Two Dead

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By MarEx 2016-09-11 19:30:09

A river cruise ship crashed into a rail bridge in southern Germany on Sunday. Two members of the crew, 33 and 49-years-old, were killed during the impact.

The Viking Freya has a retractable wheelhouse that can be lowered when the vessel passes under low bridges. The vessel was sailing on the Main-Danube Canal in Erlangen towards Budapest with 180 passengers and 49 crew members on board.

The captain's cabin was completely destroyed, and the two dead were trapped in the debris.

The passengers remained on board for four hours until evacuated by local emergency services. None are reported injured.

"We are heartbroken, and company executives are on the scene to work closely with local authorities to understand the details of the accident," said Viking River Cruises in a statement.