Tourist ship strikes highway bridge in Germany; 25 pain

A tourist ship struck a highway bridge crossing the river Rhine in the west of Germany and 25 people were injured, police said Wednesday.

The Swiss Crystal, which had 129 people on board, hit one of the pillars of the bridge in the near of Duisburg on Tuesday evening. The water was high at the time, and the pillar is usually on the country, news agency dpa reported.

The ship was on its way downstream on the last leg of the Rhine tour begins and ends in the Dutch city of Arnhem. It is on Dec. 22.

Another ship took the 103 passengers, most of them Dutch, and 26 crew to Duisburg. The police said that four people with more serious injuries have been released from the hospital on Wednesday morning.

The bridge was closed for a few hours as a precaution, but structural engineers are cleared to restart after checks on Wednesday.

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