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An investigation into the Bad Aibling train crash has led prosecutors back to a mistake made by a train dispatcher. An involuntary manslaughter investigation has been opened against the 39-year-old man.
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Prosecutors and police held a press conference on Tuesday in Bad Aibling, the site of a deadly head-on train crash last week that killed 11 people including both conductors, to share the initial results of their investigation into the crash.
Lead prosecutor Wolfgang Giese began the press conference by saying the accident was caused by human error on the part of a train dispatcher.
“Had the dispatcher acted in accordance with the rules, as bound by his duty, the accident would not have happened,” Wolfgang Giese told reporters, adding that deliberate action did not lead to the accident. Investigators have said there are no indications of a technical fault.
Deadly head-on train collision in Germany
Prosecutors have opened an involuntary manslaughter investigation against the 39-year-old man. On February 9, two trains traveling toward each other on the same single track collided in the southern Bavarian town of Bad Aibling. In addition to the 11 people killed, 24 people suffered severe injuries and 61 were lightly injured.
While the exact details of the series of events that led to the crash are still being determined, prosecutor Jürgen Branz said “a special signal was activated that shouldn’t have been,” and that “what we have at the moment is a single, terrible failure.” He added that after the dispatcher noticed his mistake, he sounded a distress call, but this was not heeded. Investigators are still looking into who may have also had the chance to prevent the crash.
Robert Kopp of the regional police precinct said that tests conducted on both of the drivers – who were killed in the crash – showed neither had any alcohol in his system.
After Bad Aibling: railway safety in Europe
After the crash in Bavaria, train travel safety is a hot topic. The EU doesn’t have common standards yet, but a system called ETCS is being developed. DW explains it and looks back at recent train disasters in Europe. (10.02.2016)