A CHILD has died and another young boy is fighting for his life after they were hit and dragged by a train.
The youngsters were dragged by a freight train for several hundred metres in the western German town of Recklinghausen.
The incident happened at 6:12pm, and a 10-year-old boy has died.
Local media said another nine-year-old suffered serious injuries and was taken to a hospital, where the boy is fighting to survive.
According to a police spokesman, both boys are from the town of Recklinghausen.
Police confirmed several other young people were involved in the accident but did not give further details.
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It's unclear how the accident unfolded, but local media said upwards of 35 firemen and rescue workers were deployed to the accident site, near a former freight yard.
Rescue teams were searching the track bed and using drones to look for victims, they added.
Herbert Reul, interior minister of the North Rhine-Westphalia, told journalists: "It's horrible.
"Children and trains and at such a young age, it's just horrible what happened here and one can only hope the parents will have the strength to overcome this great misfortune.
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