Swiss cruise ship collides with motorway bridge in Germany

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The Swiss passenger ship Swiss Crystal was damaged after it hit a motorway bridge on the Rhine river in Germany, 26 December 2017Image source, Getty Images
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Dozens of passengers were injured in the collision

At least 25 people have been injured after a Swiss cruise ship carrying 129 passengers crashed into a motorway bridge in Germany, local media report.

The 100-metre-long (328ft) vessel was travelling on the Rhine river when it struck a pillar of the bridge near the western city of Duisburg on Tuesday.

Most of the injuries were described as minor. Four people were transferred to hospital but released on Wednesday.

The bridge was closed while authorities carried out structural tests.

The accident, which involved the Swiss Crystal river cruiser, occurred late on Tuesday evening.

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The local fire department assisted in evacuating the injured from the Swiss Crystal
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The 100-metre-long (328ft) Swiss passenger ship was damaged after it struck the bridge

Some of the injured were escorted from the Swiss Crystal after another ship came to assist, Germany's Deutsche Welle reported.

Several boats provided by the local fire department also attended the scene as part of the rescue operation.

The river cruiser was carrying passengers from Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg.

Passengers were able to continue their journey to the Netherlands after the travel company running the cruise provided a second boat.