A 27-year-old mother in the western German city of Solingen is suspected of killing five of her children aged 1 to 8, police say.
They told DPA that after ascending the tracks at the main train station in the nearby city of Dusseldorf, the woman was later seriously injured.
“We do not yet know exactly what happened when or why, only that it is a very tragic situation,” police spokesman Stefan Weiand said.
He said the mom was not in a fit state to be questioned at present.
Also the police have not provided any information about the cause of death for the kids.
The children were three girls aged 1, 2 and 3, with two boys aged 6 and 8.
The 11-year-old son of the woman survived, and was put with family members.
The grandmother of the children, who lives approximately 60 kilometres from Solingen, informed police shortly before 2 pm local time, officials said.
They later discovered the five bodies in an apartment complex in the Hasseldelle district of Solingen, home to several major housing projects dating back to the 1970s.
The mother is believed to have travelled with her 11-year-old son to Dusseldorf main station, where she threw herself at 1.47pm in front of a train.
The woman was found between two track beds, and taken to the hospital, according to a representative of the fire department.