Last updated: 12:48 PM ET, Sun September 11 2016

River Cruise Ship in Germany Slams into Bridge, Killing 2

Impacting Travel | Amy Coyne Bredeson | September 11, 2016

River Cruise Ship in Germany Slams into Bridge, Killing 2

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Two crew members were killed early Sunday in southern Germany after their river cruise ship crashed into a rail bridge, authorities told ABC News.

Police told ABC that the cruise ship, which was heading to Budapest along the Main-Danube Canal, had just departed from the town of Erlangen when it collided with the bridge. The wheelhouse was crushed in the wreck.

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"The dead were two men, aged 33 and 49," a police spokesman told Deutsche Welle.

ABC reported that 181 passengers and 47 other crew members were not injured in the wreck.

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About 200 rescue workers were on the scene Sunday morning, and boat traffic on the river was suspended indefinitely, according to Deutsche Welle.

"We cannot say at this time what caused the accident, if it was human error or a technical error or a combination of the two," officials told Deutsche Welle.

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