Recovery continues: the number of dead increased – region

– It is probably one of the worst train accidents in recent years. A regional train derailed near Garmisch-Partenkirchen on Friday, killing several people. A technical cause of the accident is currently assumed.

It is a horror picture that countless rescue workers in Garmisch, Upper Bavaria, have had to face since Friday. A train derailed there around noon. People are still missing.

What happened?

Around 12.30 on Friday 4 June, a regional train derailed on its way from Garmisch-Partenkirchen to Munich. At the level of the outer Garmisch district of Brugrain, several carriages overturned in a double-decker train and slid down a rampart.

According to Bavarian Transport Minister Christian Bernreiter (CSU), neither another train nor another vehicle was involved in the crash. “The exact cause of the accident has not yet been determined,” he said Saturday. “At the scene, all the experts were of the opinion that the most likely cause had to be a technical fault on the track or on the train.”

According to him, several experts should arrive during the day to further investigate possible causes. “It is now a matter of clarifying the cause of the accident accurately and quickly.”

How many injured and wounded are there?

About 140 people were in the regional express on Friday when the accident happened. Friday night, rescue workers counted at least four dead and about 30 injured, including children. Some of the victims suffered serious injuries and required emergency surgery. According to police Saturday morning, there were no children among the four confirmed dead. 15 injured came to hospitals, 12 helicopters were used. A spokesman for the federal police said people were being dragged through the windows dpa on Friday. On Saturday afternoon, it was announced that a fifth dead person had been rescued.

Three killed, who were under an overturned wagon, were found Friday night. A fourth person died on the way to the hospital. The dead are said to be four adult women.

Munich Cardinal Reinhard Marx said on Friday night that he was “shocked and saddened that people in this terrible accident were torn from their midst, killed or in some cases seriously injured”. The loss that the relatives of the deceased had to suffer was “difficult to bear and cannot be explained in words”.

It’s still unclear

Police said Saturday that a “single-digit number” was missing. It can not be ruled out that there are other victims among the overturned wagons. A heavy crane was wanted in Munich on Friday night.

The salvage work was difficult. Two attempts to lift the wagons failed. Lifting bags were also used. The cars were “twisted and twisted,” a police spokesman said. “It makes the rescue so difficult. One has to move on step by step,” the spokesman said.

Deutsche Bahn (DB) has set up a special hotline on: 0800 3 111 111.

What’s next?

With the help of experts from the Federal Railway Authority, one has to find out why the regional train derailed on the single-track line. According to police, the driver was questioned. Police did not say what he said.

The district office of Garmisch-Partenkirchen announced that at the end of the salvage work, car traffic in the region will probably also be affected by disability by the middle of next week. Traffic from Autobahn 95 will continue to be diverted on a large scale, with the motorway remaining closed to the south.

Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) visited the crash site on Saturday. “It’s an incredible event,” he said. “We very much hope that there will be no more deaths.” Such an accident is always a shock and a “stab in the heart”. It was a train that was there for many students. “You have to imagine it like this: it is just before the holiday that there is a relaxed atmosphere on the train, in one of the most beautiful regions of Bavaria – and then something like this happens and can change your life completely.”

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