Wednesday 18 October 2017

'Human error' caused head-on train crash in Germany which killed 11 people - prosecutors

Aerial view of rescue forces working at the site of a train accident near Bad Aibling, Germany.
Aerial view of rescue forces working at the site of a train accident near Bad Aibling, Germany.
Aerial view of rescue forces working at the site of a train accident near Bad Aibling, Germany, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. Several people were killed when two trains collided head-on. (Peter Kneffel/dpa via AP)

Prosecutors believe the head-on train crash in southern Germany last week which killed 11 people was caused by "human error" by the train dispatcher.

Dozens of people were also injured when two commuter trains slammed into each other on a single-line track near Bad Aibling, 40 miles south-east of Munich.

Chief prosecutor Wolfgang Giese says his office has opened a criminal investigation against the 39-year-old dispatcher.

Mr Giese said on Tuesday that according to investigators "had he (the dispatcher) behaved according to the rules, the trains would not have collided."

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