Controller playing games on phone causes German train crash killing 11

Published on : Wednesday, April 13, 2016

german train crashSheer negligence of a signal controller in Germany led to a train crash that killed 11 people. Reports said that the signal controller was playing game on his mobile phone while in charge on the day.


The man was detained on Tuesday after developments in the investigation into the head-on train collision in Bavaria in February, which was Germany’s biggest train crash since 1998. He faces possible charges of causing death through negligence.


According to the  public prosecutor’s  office in Traunstein, which is an area near the border with Austria was found to turn on his mobile phone during his shift on the morning of the accident and started playing online computer game actively until just before the collision.


The man denied being distracted by the computer game. But the prosecutor’s office said the time period in which he was found to be playing the game meant it could be expected that he was not paying attention to a critical traffic intersection.


It has been found in the investigation that the controller gave the trains an incorrect signal and then hit the wrong buttons when issuing a distress signal. The trains, carrying about 150 people in all, crashed at high speed on a 6-km (4-mile) stretch of track between the spa town of Bad Aibling and Kolbermoor, near the Austrian border.



The investigation is continuing. No evidence of technical problems has been found to date.



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