May 30, 2016 / 6:57 AM / in 2 years

Four people killed in flooding and storms in southwestern Germany

BERLIN (Reuters) - Three people have been killed in floods in the southwestern German state of Baden-Wuerttemberg and a young girl was killed by a train as she took shelter from the rain under a railway bridge.

A man looks at the damage caused by the floods in the town of Braunsbach, in Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany, May 30, 2016. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

A man who was around 60 years old died in an underground car park which filled with water before he was able to escape, said Carsten Dehner, a spokesman at Baden-Wuerttemberg’s interior ministry.

In the town of Schwaebisch Gmuend, a fireman died as he tried to rescue another person, who then also died, Dehner said.

Elsewhere in Baden-Wuerttemberg, local police said a 13-year-old girl who was probably seeking shelter under a railway bridge was hit and killed by an Intercity train.

On Saturday, lightning strikes in northern France and southwest Germany left nine people seriously hurt.

Reporting by Michelle Martin; Editing by Toby Chopra

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