Perhaps one of the worst railway accidents in recent years occurred in Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Upper Bavaria. A regional train derails and several people die. A technical cause of the accident is currently assumed. What we know so far – and what we don’t know.
It’s a picture of horror faced by about 500 rescue workers in Garmisch, Upper Bavaria, on Friday. A train derailed, many wounded and dead.
At about 12:30 p.m., a regional train derailed on its way from Garmisch-Partenkirchen to Munich. At the level of the outer Garmisch district of Brugrain, several carriages of a double-decker train overturned and skidded on one of the bridges. According to Bavarian Transport Minister Christian Bernreiter, neither a second train nor another vehicle was involved in the accident. In Bayerischer Rundfunk (Bayern 2, radioWelt), Bernretter added that one had to “assume that the technical cause either on the car or on the track was the cause”. According to a railway spokesman, the road has been equipped with electronic interlocks and modern safety technology.
How many dead and wounded are there?
About 140 people were in the provincial area when the accident occurred. By Friday evening, rescue workers counted at least four dead and about 30 wounded, including children.
A spokesperson for the Garmisch-Partenkirchen district office told German news agency (dpa)It cannot be excluded that there are many students on the train at lunchtime and therefore at the end of school.
Fifteen wounded people arrived at hospitals, and 12 helicopters were used. “People are being dragged out of windows,” a spokesman for the Federal Police said. dpa.
Three dead people who were under an overturned vehicle were recovered Friday evening. A fourth person died on the way to the hospital.
Cardinal Reinhard Marx, of Munich, said Friday evening, he was “shocked and saddened that people were separated from their midst, killed or seriously injured in some cases in this horrific incident.” The loss suffered by the relatives of the deceased was difficult to bear and could not be explained in words.
This is still not clear
As of Friday evening, there were still 12 reports of missing persons, such as Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Hermann (CSU) in BR announced. On the other hand, the identity of all the people in the hospital has not been clarified due to serious injuries and health status.
On the other hand, it is also clear that as long as not all the chariots are lifted, it is still not clear whether there will be more deaths.
A heavy lift was ordered in Munich on Friday evening.
In addition to uncertainty about the exact number of dead, it remains unclear exactly how the accident occurred.
Deutsche Bahn (DB) has set up a special hotline: 0800 3 11111.
With the help of experts from the Federal Railways, it is possible to find out why the regional train derailed on the single-track.
The district office in Garmisch-Partenkirchen announced that by the end of the rescue work, vehicle traffic in the area will likely also be affected by disabilities in the middle of next week. Widespread diversion of traffic from Interstate 95 will continue, with the highway remaining closed to the south.
Federal Transport Minister Volker Wessing and Deutsche Bahn President Richard Lutz will get an idea of the site on Saturday.