German train driver investigated after fatal crash

by Ella FAIRCHILD on February 1, 2011

A German train driver is under investigation for alleged involuntary manslaughter in the wake of a rail crash that left 10 people dead.

The goods train was involved in a head-on collision with a passenger train amidst thick fog in a village near Hordorf on Saturday night. The fatal crash has led to an investigation after officials said its possible the goods train driver did not respond to a signal to stop.

The passenger train driver and nine others were killed in the accident and 23 others were injured.

The crash took place on a single line track around 2130 GMT, not long after the passenger train departed from the Magdeburg station. An eye-witness told police about the goods train driver and a possible failure to stop, however, authorities have not yet spoken with the driver.

The passenger train’s front carriage was damaged severely in the crash and several carriages were left derailed. Ten people are in hospital with serious injuries and police have only identified two victims so far, aged 63 and 74.

Police have reported difficulties with identifying the eight other victims, partly because they had no I.D. cards with them at the time of the crash.

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