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Fire breaks out on high-speed ICE train

The Local · 16 May 2011, 11:17

Published: 16 May 2011 11:17 GMT+02:00

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The roof of a train compartment caught fire because of an apparent technical defect that arose during the train’s journey between Würzburg in Bavaria and Frankfurt in Hesse. There were no reports of injuries.

The train was forced to stop about 7:15 am near Lohr am Main about halfway along its journey. Federal Police in Würzburg said the fire was able to be extinguished quickly and there was no danger to the passengers.

Rail operator Deutsche Bahn has faced a string of complaints over technical problems stretching back to the widely publicised air-conditioning breakdowns last summer that left dozens of people needing hospital treatment.

The cause of the fire on Monday appeared to be a short-circuit in the main electricity switch in the roof, Deutsche Bahn announced. The switch had caught fire and damaged the overhead wires.

The fire caused delays along the line of about half an hour on Monday morning.

Despite early reports that passengers had been forced to evacuate, they were in fact able to remain seated, a police spokesman said.

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“The passengers behaved very calmly,” the spokesman said.

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Your comments about this article

14:04 May 16, 2011 by William Thirteen
Bavaria! why am i not surprised...
15:48 May 16, 2011 by nemo999
What else are you going to do on a train that is on fire and is moving at 300 km/h jump of to a certain death?

Did Deutsche Bahn purchases these units from France? Or were they purchased from ?, I dare not ask the question for fear of enraging my fellow reader.
16:00 May 16, 2011 by Jimberlin
Hey nemo.. its Siemens trains..
17:59 May 16, 2011 by nemo999
could not have been. Siemens does not have faulty designs or poor construction. It must be the DB maintenance. Maybe they skipped a step after they came back from the strike.
19:24 May 16, 2011 by Kanji
Maybe it's a cost down version and maintenance is outsource out of the country. Scary since I normally take this trains on a weekly basis.
23:40 May 16, 2011 by The-ex-pat
17:59 May 16, 2011 by nemo999

could not have been. Siemens does not have faulty designs or poor construction.

You should tell that to my dishwasher................
12:06 May 17, 2011 by Jimberlin
ICE3 are made by Siemens with Bombardier and Alstom as sub supplier.

With amount of parts Siemens import from China, the best design fails in quality..

But I agree its not just Siemens... DB has a bad bad history of saving pennies on maintenance...
12:02 May 19, 2011 by nolibs
If my previous phones, oven, or dishwasher are any indication, Siemens has a brand name that is good but that is about it. I won't buy any of their products again, and I steer my company from buying Siemens too.
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