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Students suffer collapse onboard overheated ICE train

DDP/DPA/The Local · 11 Jul 2010, 10:32

Published: 11 Jul 2010 10:32 GMT+02:00

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Paramedics were called to the Bielefeld train station to treat 27 students who required medical attention. On Sunday, a spokesman for Deutsche Bahn confirmed that the train's air conditioning system shut down completely and said a total of 44 people received medical care.

Affected passengers were taken to their final destinations onboard buses and replacement trains.

“We apologize to each person who suffered,” a DB spokesman said, though he said he had no information on the incident in Bielefeld.

A spokesman for the Bielefeld fire department said nine students were transported to the hospital, where some received IV drips. The student group from Remscheid and Willich had been on its way back from a class trip to Berlin.

Witnesses described dramatic scenes on board the ICE train as dehydrated students reportedly lied down in the aisles, and one woman smashed a window during the trip in hopes of getting fresh air.

Student Bastian F., 16, told Bielefeld newspaper Westfalen-Blatt that the train was “like a sauna.”

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“Five minutes more, and everyone most certainly would have collapsed,” he said.

The paper reported that 91 rescue workers responded to the incident at Bielefeld’s main train station.

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17:28 July 11, 2010 by claudegaveau
I was on the RE Express this morning from Alexanderplatz to Schönefeld airport and it was the same. Stiflingly hot and no air conditioning on. This is normal on trains and buses. I cannot count how many times over the years I have been on trains, buses, trams, U-Bahns where the air conditioning is not on and it is beyond endurance to be traveling. Somehow I wonder if they dismantle the air conditioning to save costs??
08:53 July 12, 2010 by freechoice
Windows that can be opened are definitely useful in such situations...:D
07:39 July 14, 2010 by vonSchwerin
Es zieht! Es zieht!

"Windows that can be opened are definitely useful in such situations"

That's true, but one has to open them. Very many Germans would rather sit in the summer heat than have a draft. It's "not healthy"! They might get a cold, the flu, tuberculosis, heart trouble, a stroke, or any other disease.

(See the Spiegel story "Draftophobia".)
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