Friday 30 September 2016

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

Published 16/02/2016 | 14:09

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.

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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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