Train accident near Garmisch: What we know – Bavaria

what happened?

Shortly after 12 noon on Friday, the regional train RB59458 left Garmisch-Partenkirchen, according to the schedule that was supposed to arrive at Munich Central Station at 1:26 pm, but never got there. A few minutes after leaving, the double-decker train turned into a long bend and derailed. Three of the five wagons slipped off the rails, high on a railway bridge. Car hanging diagonally on the bridge. The other two cars fell, one on its side and the other on its roof.

What is known about the victims?

Passengers struggled to get out of the cars, but not all of them succeeded. At least four people lost their lives in a train accident. One person who died on the way to hospital, a woman, Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Hermann (CSU) told Beerischer Rundvink on Friday evening. Three bodies were found under the train and were recovered Friday evening. They could not be identified, so Hermann, because they were severely disfigured. According to the police, there were no children among the dead.

Fifteen people were seriously injured in the train accident and had to be taken to hospital. Several other passengers were slightly injured.

When the accident occurred, there were about 140 passengers on the train, including many schoolchildren, because studies had ended shortly before and Whitsun vacations began.

Does he fear more deaths?

There may be other people under the overturned wagons, and rescue work is going on. Interior Minister Hermann said Friday evening on the Bayerischer Rundvink website that 12 people were still missing. However, some of the missing persons may already be in clinics and have been too injured to be identified.

Bavarian Transport Minister Christian Bernreiter is no longer talking about 12 people on Friday evening, but about two other people considered missing. Police called “number one” for the missing on Saturday morning.

What caused the accident?

According to an eyewitness, the train suddenly capsized. According to initial assumptions, damage to the track may be the cause. The cause of the possible error in the path is not yet known. Federal Police and Criminal Police investigation.

“We will investigate exactly what caused the train accident,” Bernretter said at the scene on Friday. One thing is certain, according to Bernreiter: “There was no second train or other vehicle involved.” The railway is a single track at the site of the accident. It may take days or weeks for the information to be available.

Where did the accident happen?

The site of the accident is located just a few kilometers from the holiday resort of Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Upper Bavaria in the Burgren in the idyllic Loisachauen region. The next stop for the train was Farchant, which is less than two kilometers away.

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The accident occurred in a long bend in the left hand before the train crossed the Loisach River. The tracks are raised over a railroad bridge, and Federal Highway 2 runs right next to the rails.

The area is a popular destination for excursions and holidays. The ruins of Werdenfels Castle are perched on a rock above the Burgrain and are an attractive hiking destination due to the wonderful view of the Wetterstein Mountains from there.

How did the rescue go?

About 650 assistants were at the scene on Friday, according to Bavarian Transport Minister Bernreiter. They came from all over southern Germany. Twelve rescue helicopters flew over the area. District official Anton Speer (Free Voters) said that firefighters, emergency doctors and police pulled the passengers out of the windows, in just 45 minutes everyone was rescued from the train.

In addition, 15 mountain infantrymen were deployed from Mittenwald Barracks, who happened to be on the train involved in the accident. Bavarian Interior Minister Hermann said on Friday that your participation was very useful.

How is the situation on the site?

Rescue work is difficult and will continue on Saturday. Heavy rain temporarily disrupted the assistants in the evening.

Two attempts to lift the wagons failed. A special crane was required that could lift heavy loads. A spokesman for Oberbyern Sued police headquarters said Saturday that his arrival was expected in the morning.

In the evening, Interior Minister Nancy Visser arrived at the scene of the accident in Burgreen. “I am so shocked,” she said. “It’s a terrible disaster.” On Saturday, Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) got an idea of ​​the situation. Federal Transport Minister Volker Wessing (FDP) and Bahn President Richard Lutz are expected to appear at noon.

What’s Next?

The railway between Garmisch-Partenkirchen and Oberau is closed until further notice. It will likely take at least until the middle of next week before the tracks reopen. Bernriter assumes a ban of at least two weeks.

In addition, Federal Highway 2, which is very busy and runs next to the rails, is closed. The A95 motorway, which many vacationers use on their way to Italy, is closed to the south at the Sindelsdorf junction. There is a reference to the conversion. These roadblocks will likely remain in place for a few more days.

Was there a similar incident before?

The horror of the fatal accident is especially great because there have been many serious train accidents in Bavaria in recent years. It wasn’t until mid-February this year that two S7 S-Bahn trains collided head-on on a single-track road in Schäftlarn-Ebenhausen near Munich. A 24-year-old man died in the accident and 18 people were injured. One of the train drivers apparently ignored the red light, and investigations into the cause are still ongoing.

Four years ago, a regional train collided with a stationary freight train in Aichach on the route between Ingolstadt and Augsburg, killing two people. Six years ago, 12 people were killed and 89 injured in Bad Aibling when two Meridian trains collided head-on on a single-track line. Reason: A transmitter got distracted because he was playing with his cell phone and then sent out false signals.

The worst train accident in modern German history occurred in Eschede, Lower Saxony, when ICE derailed and 102 people died. The tragedy occurred on June 3, 1998 – exactly 24 years before the Garmisch-Partenkirchen accident.

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