On one of the most important rail connections in Germany there is a longer route closure. "Long-distance traffic between Berlin and Hanover is expected to be affected until December 16th, 2022," announced the train. A high volume of travel is to be expected on the trains on the alternative routes.
The serious freight train accident happened on Thursday last week. According to the federal police in Hanover, a freight train loaded with propane gas ran into a stationary freight train at around 3.30 a.m. near Leiferde in the Gifhorn district. Two of a total of 25 cars with propane gas overturned and two more derailed.
Two tank wagons developed leaks from which gas escaped. In addition, according to the information, the overhead line was demolished for several hundred meters. The locomotive was severely damaged and lifted off the tracks, the train driver was injured. As a result of the accident, emergency services had to partially pump out and flare off the gas.
According to initial investigations, the cause of the accident was human error. According to the Federal Police, the affected section was incorrectly released by a railway employee. Accordingly, she allowed a freight train to pass at 40 kilometers per hour, which then drove onto the stationary train. It is determined because of dangerous interference in rail traffic and negligent bodily harm.
The company continues to offer affected customers a goodwill arrangement. According to Deutsche Bahn, passengers who want to postpone their trip planned for December 16 can use their already booked ticket flexibly up to and including seven days after the end of the disruption.
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