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Rail accidents leave one youth dead, four others injured

The Local · 9 Jul 2010, 14:30

Published: 09 Jul 2010 09:00 GMT+02:00
Updated: 09 Jul 2010 14:30 GMT+02:00

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One of the two 15-year-olds hit by the ICE train on a bridge near Rathenow in Brandenburg was killed, while his friend suffered severe injuries, police reported.

Authorities reported finding spray paint and other graffiti utensils at the accident scene.

Passengers on the train, which was on its way to Interlaken, Switzerland from Berlin, were forced to disembark and take buses to Hannover and Braunschweig. Train service in the area was delayed heavily until midday when authorities reopened the line.

The tragedy occurred just one day after three children in Cologne were severely injured while playing in a Zollstock district train yard.

An 11-year-old girl and a 12-year-old boy were flown to a special clinic with severe burns, while another 12-year-old girl was taken to a nearby facility, police said late on Thursday.

The three children and several of their friends had been playing at the yard near Neuer Weyerstrasserweg on Thursday afternoon.

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They climbed onto a parked train car near aerial contact lines, which at some point released a massive electrical charge and electrocuted the trio.

A nearby resident discovered what had happened and called police after hearing a loud crack around 5:10 pm.

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Your comments about this article

09:27 July 9, 2010 by claudegaveau
If only they could learn to read signs. Maybe this is part of their education that is being neglected. Modern cities are dangerous places and children do not have a full understanding of the dangers.
14:17 July 9, 2010 by NYsteve
My heart goes out to these children...I hope they recover. On the other hand....we were VERY adventurous kids growing up in New York City in the 1960's....going where ever we wanted...construction sites, train-yards...but if we saw a sign saying "Danger", "High Voltage" or any similar warning...we were curious, but always respected the sign and figured it was there for a reason. This is one hell of a way for these children to learn a valuable lesson...and once again, I hope they recover.
05:16 July 11, 2010 by MichaSeifert-Weiss
I feel saddest for the driver, other train personnel and the people who must take care of the accident scene. Unless there is some retardation, even a small child has the ability to understand the danger of trains, for goodness sake. People who drive and serve on ICE trains in Germany perform extraordinarily important tasks with reliability and grace and do not deserve to be subjected to the grief and anguish that close involvement in such catastrophies brings. I hope the surviving vandals all apologise to everyone affected and explain to their families also why vandalising was so important.
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