The Hard Rescue: What We Know So Far—and What We Don’t—The Region

Possibly one of the worst rail accidents in recent years. A regional train derailed near Garmisch-Partenkirchen on Friday, killing several people. A technical cause of the accident is currently assumed.

It is the picture of horror that countless rescuers have faced in Garmisch, Upper Bavaria, since Friday. A train derailed there around noon. People are still missing.

what happened?

At about 12:30 p.m. on Friday, June 4, 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. “The exact cause of the accident has not yet been determined,” he said on Saturday. “On the site, all experts considered that the most likely cause must be a technical defect in the track or on the train.”

According to him, more experts should arrive during the day to further explore the possible causes. “It is now a matter of clarifying the cause of the accident accurately and quickly,” he added.

How many dead and wounded are there?

About 140 people were in the area on Friday when the accident occurred. By Friday evening, rescue workers counted at least four dead and about 30 wounded, including children. Some of the victims were seriously injured and required emergency surgery. According to the police, there were no children among the four dead who were confirmed dead. Fifteen wounded people arrived at hospitals, and 12 helicopters were used. A spokesman for the Federal Police said people were dragged through the windows dpa Friday.

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 night that he was “shocked and sad that in this horrific accident, people were torn from their midst, killed or seriously injured in some cases.” 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

On Saturday, police spoke of missing “number one”. It cannot be ruled out that there are other victims among the overturned wagons. A heavy lift was ordered in Munich on Friday evening.

Rescue work was difficult. Two attempts to lift the wagons failed. Lifting bags have also been used. The police spokesman said the vehicles were “twisted and twisted”. “This makes the rescue process very difficult. You have to go step by step,” the spokesman said.



Deutsche Bahn (DB) has set up a special hotline: 0800 3 11111.

What’s Next?

With the help of experts from the Federal Railways, it is possible to find out why the regional train derailed on the single-track. According to the police, the driver has been questioned. The police did not say what he said.

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. Large-scale diversion of traffic from Interstate 95 will continue, with the highway remaining closed to the south.

Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder visited the site of the accident on Saturday. “It was an incredible event,” he said. We very much hope that there will be no more deaths.” Such an accident is always a shock and “a stab in the heart.” It was a train that was there for many students. “You have to imagine it like this: it is just before the holidays, there is a relaxed atmosphere On the train, in one of the most beautiful parts of Bavaria – and then something like that happens and it can completely change your life.”

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