Passenger trains hit head-on in collision near Austrian border
09 Şubat 2016 Salı 19:24
At least nine people were killed and nearly 100 injured in a head-on crash between two passenger trains in southern Germany on Tuesday.
Bavarian police said in a press release that at least nine were killed and 18 seriously injured in the crash near Bad Aibling, 60 km (37 miles) southeast of Munich; 63 others had slight injuries.
Federal Minister of Transport Alexander Dobrindt said it was not immediately clear whether a technical failure or human error has led to the accident.
After a visit to the scene, Dobrindt told reporters that trains traveling in opposite directions collided without breaking, despite the fact that trains are equipped with an automatic brake system.
“Two of the three black boxes in these trains have been recovered. Based on these black boxes, we will be able to analyze technical conditions before or at the time of the accident,” he said.
Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann described the accident near the Austrian border as “one of the biggest train accidents in recent German history”, according to broadcaster Deutsche Welle.
Several passengers were airlifted to hospitals while others were taken by boat across the River Mangfall to awaiting ambulances.
Robert Kopp, police chief of Upper Bavaria, said the tragic accident could have been more catastrophic, had it happened on a busy day.Trains were not crowded on Tuesday due to the local carnival holiday in Bavaria.
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