German prosecutor opens investigation into railway workers following fatal derailment

The public prosecutor’s office in Munich will be investigating three employees of Deutsche Bahn following last Friday’s derailment that left five people dead and several more injured.

The prosecutor’s office initiated the investigation on suspicion of negligent homicide. Those under investigation are the train driver, the train signaller and a section engineer.

The investigation, a routine procedure following such incidents, was announced by the Oberbayern Süd police headquarters in Rosenheim, German broadcaster Tagesshau and other media reported on Tuesday. According to the Süddeutsche Zeitung, there is little evidence to suggest that the train driver or signaller are at fault.

Further details about the allegations have not been provided, nor did the police offer an update on the ongoing investigation. As a result, DB declined to comment as well.

Among the five victim’s were two women from Ukraine, who had reportedly fled the warn-torn country with their children. A 34-year-old woman is still in hospital in critical condition.

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Author: Nick Augusteijn

Editor RailTech.com

1 comment op “German prosecutor opens investigation into railway workers following fatal derailment”

bönström bönström|10.06.22|12:16

Business as usual, regrettably this is.
“Human factor”, however, is a risk, just too well known. Accordingly not primarily staff shall be the accused!
Responsible, to be targeted are, those better knowingly, with open eyes, accepting and “optimally” managing current “state of the art”.
(For a passenger, a derailed waggon is an accident, when suddenly, unprepared met with.
Regardless if “predicted” for “attending” maintenance…, for Authority “accident” should not be the relevant word…)

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