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Rail worker charged after 12 killed in German train collision

Published 18/07/2016 | 14:15

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)
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)
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)
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)
Rescue personnel attend an injured person beside of two trains that collided head-on near Bad Aibling, southern Germany, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016
Rescue personnel carry an injured person near the site where two trains collided head-on near Bad Aibling, southern Germany, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016
Rescue personnel work at the wreckages of two trains that collided head-on near Bad Aibling, southern Germany, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016.
Rescue personnel stand in front of two trains that collided head-on near Bad Aibling, southern Germany, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016
Rescue personnel wait in Bad Aibling, Germany, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, after two regional trains crashed
Rescuers and journalists stand in front of a rescue helicopter near Bad Aibling in southwestern Germany, February 9, 2016
Helicopters of rescue services and an ambulance are seen at a field near Bad Aibling in southwestern Germany, February 9, 2016
Helicopters of rescue services are seen at a field near Bad Aibling in southwestern Germany, February 9, 2016

A German railway dispatcher has been charged with negligent homicide over a crash between two commuter trains in Bavaria which left 12 people dead.

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The dispatcher, who has not been identified, faces 89 counts of causing bodily harm in addition to the 12 counts of negligent homicide, the dpa news agency said.

Traunstein prosecutors said the dispatcher is suspected of playing an online game shortly before the two trains he was in charge of collided on a single-track line on February 9.

The crash was near the Bavarian town of Bad Aibling, about 40 miles south-east of Munich.

The location of the crash
The location of the crash

The dispatcher has been in custody since April.

Rescue personnel carry an injured person near the site where two trains collided head-on near Bad Aibling, southern Germany, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016
Rescue personnel carry an injured person near the site where two trains collided head-on near Bad Aibling, southern Germany, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016
Rescue personnel work at the wreckages of two trains that collided head-on near Bad Aibling, southern Germany, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016.
Rescue personnel stand in front of two trains that collided head-on near Bad Aibling, southern Germany, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016
Rescue personnel stand in front of two trains that collided head-on near Bad Aibling, southern Germany, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016

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