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.