Major transport disruption in Germany due to autumn storm

Published on : Tuesday, October 1, 2019

 Northern Germany was hit by a severe storm  dubbed as ‘Mortimer’ on Monday which led to travel chaos, fallen trees and flooding hitting the long-distance rail network in particular.


As a precautionary measure the rail operator Deutsche Bahn closed some lines early on Monday morning in north Germany.



Deutsche Bahn said that the lines between Hamburg – Hannover, Hamburg – Bremen, Bremen – Hannover as well as Hannover – Göttingen were open again from around 9am.




DB further urged passengers to remain patient as delays and cancellations can be expected, even on lines that had reopened.



The Hamburg – Berlin, Hanover – Wolfsburg – Berlin and Wolfsburg – Braunschweig – Hildesheim – Göttingen long-distance train tracks remained closed.



No major disruption in the regional traffic was noted but those travelling by train were urged to check for the updates.



On Monday morning, in Lower Saxony,  a tree crashed into an overhead line which caused major problems  and a high-speed train collided with the accident site.



No one was injured but the passengers were stranded in the train for some time as investigators tried to find out if there was electricity flowing through the broken overhead line.



There were minor damage across the country during the night storm and in Dortmund, western Germany an unusual rescue operation took place.


An area with around 300 farm animals saw heavy rainfall and the fire brigade had deployed a lifeboat and attempted to build a footbridge to save the animals from drowning.

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