The railway line outside Roevershagen where the drunk driver and his VW van were found. Picture: Richard Schroder

Berlin, Germany - A 48-year-old drunk driver was found stranded in northern Germany early on Friday morning after making a "wrong turn" down a railway line.

After a "difficult to follow" telephone call, police eventually located the drunk driver, who had apparently turned onto railway tracks at a level crossing near the small town of Roevershagen, in the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

The driver's blood alcohol level was recorded as 0.13, police said.

Emergency vehicles were sent to the scene to pull the man's Volkswagen van out of the train tracks, but the recovery work meant train traffic was stopped on the affected rail line between Roevershagen and Graal-Mueritz.

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