The man's car was crushed and ripped into multiple pieces. Police had to use welding equipment to remove his remains from the wreck. No additional information has been released about the man's identity.
The freight train was unable to come to a complete halt until 400 metres after the point of collision. The train apparently did not derail due to the accident. The stretch of track between Flensburg and Hamburg was closed while authorities investigated the the accident and removed debris from the scene. Police do not yet know how or why the car collided with the train.
On April 17, a regional passenger train slammed into a parked freight train outside of Berlin, injuring 24 passengers and crew aboard.