Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Germany train crash

At least 10 people were killed and scores more were injured, 18 seriously.
An unconfirmed report suggested that an automatic braking system had been switched off to allow one of the trains to make up time.
But a police spokesman rejected the theory as "pure speculation".

The braking system, which is supposed to kick in when a train runs through a red light, was installed after a 2011 disaster at Magdeburg in which 10 people died.
Reports in German media suggested that in exceptional circumstances the automated system could be overridden by rail staff.
The transport minister said the trains had crashed into each other while both travelling at about 100km/h (62mph).
Emergency teams, some winched in by helicopter, worked for hours to free casualties from the wreckage.