After the collision of two freight trains in Lower Saxony, train passengers must expect train cancellations and delays on Thursday. It is still unclear when the route in the Gifhorn district will be released, as a railway spokeswoman said in the morning. "We cannot make a forecast." The important railway line with numerous long-distance connections was closed.
According to Deutsche Bahn, ICE trains on the route from North Rhine-Westphalia via Hanover to Berlin and in the opposite direction will be diverted and will be delayed by around 60 minutes. There is no stop in Wolfsburg, instead the trains stop in Stendal. Increased capacity utilization is to be expected on the trains that are still running.
According to Deutsche Bahn, ICE connections from Switzerland via Frankfurt and Kassel to Berlin will be diverted; the Wolfsburg, Göttingen and Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe stops are no longer available.
After two freight trains collided early in the morning, experts from the Marl Chemical Park fire brigade took over the rest of the work. The factory fire brigade specializes in such accidents and has the necessary equipment, said a fire brigade spokesman. The specialists are therefore expected in the afternoon at the accident site in Leiferde in the Gifhorn district.
Explosive propane gas is currently continuing to escape from two tank wagons - but the scene of the accident is "far away from the nearest buildings," said the spokesman in the morning. The wind also distributes the gas. That suits the fire brigade.
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