Two passenger trains crashed into each other in central Austria on Monday, killing one person and injuring 22 others, authorities said.

One train hit the side of the other near the station in Niklasdorf, a town 60 kilometres north of Graz, said Graz police spokesman Leo Josefus.

Photographs of the accident scene showed the side of a Germany-bound EuroCity train torn away and a regional Austrian train next to it.

AUSTRIA TRANSPORT ACCIDENT

Rescue personnel enter one of the trains involved in the accident, which was ripped open by the impact. (BFV Leoben/Schoenauer/EPA-EFE)

Authorities said a woman on the EuroCity train was killed and the injured include three children.

The nationality of the person who died was not immediately released, Austria's APA news agency reported.

Red Cross spokesperson Lucas Kundigraber said 17 people were taken to local hospitals for treatment of minor injuries. He said 19 ambulances and two emergency doctors were sent to the scene.

Josefus said the cause of the crash, which happened around 12:25 p.m. local time, is not yet known.

The EuroCity train was headed to Saarbruecken, Germany.