Last Updated on September 15, 2023, 10:08 pm
Multiple freight train cars derailed in Germany, killing one person and causing severe structural damage.
Several cars of a DB Netz AG freight train carrying cement derailed in Germany on Sunday afternoon, September 10, 2023, in Geseke in the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia. The train was traveling from Dortmund to Geseke. The police and fire Department were dispatched, who arrived at the scene swiftly. According to the Federal Police, the train driver was killed in the accident.
It is not certain whether another person was present in the train’s locomotive, but the authorities are not expecting any further fatalities.
Europe Trains Railways ECC shared the news in a post on social media.
How did the accident happen?
The freight train carrying cement derailed at a junction on the main line while entering Geseke station in Germany. Multiple cars and the locomotive of the train rolled off the tracks. The reason for the accident is yet to be known. An investigation is still underway.
Severe damage was done to the infrastructure, with multiple cars badly damaged and railway tracks destroyed. A fence was also damaged. The derailed wagons and the locomotive were pushed together to clear the surrounding area. The removal of the massive rubble will require an adequate amount of time and work.
In the meantime, DB Netz (a German railway Network) announced that the Geseke train station and the railway line between Salzkotten and Geseke will remain closed. Freight trains and other long-distance trains will be rerouted through Herford.
The DB Netz also offered support and condolences to the driver’s family killed in the accident.
The authorities say there is no danger to the general public and that the witnesses of the accident will be taken care of.
Citizens have shown their concerns over the incident.
Torsten Overhage wrote on social media,
“I am from Dortmund. It was 50 km far away and nobody was hurt. Just one fence was destroyed. The dirt is from cement the train was loaded with.”
Irene Burnette said,
“Praying for those on the train.”
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