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German high-speed rail line to be closed for days after fire

Germany's national railway says the high-speed line between Frankfurt and Cologne, a major travel artery, is expected to remain closed until the end of the week after a train caught fire on Friday.

Authorities say a technical fault caused the fire on board a high-speed ICE train. The train was evacuated and no one was seriously hurt.

The dpa news agency reported Sunday that parts of the train's damaged carriages were removed from the scene overnight and railway operator Deutsche Bahn hopes to finish a clearing-up operation during the day.

A firefighter works inside the remnants of a train after an ICE high-speed train caught fire in Dierdorf near Montabaur, western Germany, Friday, Oct. 12, 2018. Nobody was injured in the fire that broke out for unknown reasons. (Thomas Freydpa via AP)

Deutsche Bahn said the route will likely have to remain closed until the end of the week for repairs. In the meantime, trains are being diverted along the Rhine valley, with journeys taking up to 80 minutes longer.

Firefighters extinguish flames in a burning ICE high-speed train in Dierdorf near Montabaur, western Germany, Friday, Oct. 12, 2018 after a part caught fire for unknown reasons. No passenger was injured. (Sascha Ditscherdpa via AP)

Flames and smoke rise over an ICE train near Montabaur, western Germany, Friday morning, Oct. 12, 2018. Nobody was injured when the high-speed train was evacuated after it caught fire for unknown reasons. (Ute Langedpa via AP)

Flames and smoke rise over an ICE train near Montabaur, western Germany, Friday morning, Oct. 12, 2018. Nobody was injured when the high-speed train was evacuated. (Ute Langedpa via AP)