An investigation has been launched into a deadly collision involving a high speed magnetic train in Germany. The country is mourning the 23 people killed yesterday in the crash caused when a maintenance vehicle was left on the track. Human error is being blamed – a communication failure is seen as the most likely cause.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel made her way to the site in the Emsland district close to the Dutch border.
“Of course we can find words of comfort but on such a day they don’t really help. I just want to show by my presence here that our sympathy is with the people of the region, and particularly with the victim’s families.
The Transrapid – one of the world’s fastest trains -hit the maintenance truck at a speed of at least 200 kilometres per hour.
The train floats on a magnetic cushion about one centimetre above the mono-rail. It has no fuel source onboard, its makers say it cannot derail. Despite the tragedy, Merkel is said to have defended the technology saying it was very safe.