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Train wrecked after hitting deer

The Local · 12 Sep 2011, 12:07

Published: 12 Sep 2011 12:07 GMT+02:00

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No people were hurt in the accident, though a police spokesman said the deer died as a result of its injuries.

After a half-hour delay, the 300 passengers on board were able to transfer to another train brought to the neighbouring track.

The track had to be closed temporarily, causing delays to 23 other trains, a spokeswoman for German rail operator Deutsche Bahn said.

The animal was so big that on-board personnel originally reported they had hit a horse.

This is not the first instance of such a collision on this particular stretch. Two more deer were hit by trains here in 2010 alone.

Police said there are also a lot of similar accidents in the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, a state rich in wooded areas and wildlife.

Animal-train collisions can be dangerous: 78 people were injured in 2008 when an ICE train was derailed by a herd of sheep near Fulda in the state of Hesse.

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Your comments about this article

13:33 September 12, 2011 by marimay
Yeah, I can't tell the difference between a deer and a horse either.
13:53 September 12, 2011 by jbaker
These trains must be made out of composite material. All the trains I have ever seen would have just gotten a bloody lip, even if they hit a car or truck..
17:58 September 12, 2011 by toemag
No one else has said it so I guess I will.

"oh deer"

Sorry, couldn't resist.
19:55 September 12, 2011 by DOZ
Nice Rack.
21:47 September 12, 2011 by jonburne
At 160 kph it would have been difficult to determine what had been hit after the event.
21:48 September 12, 2011 by finanzdoktor
Ok, I have to say it, too.

"Police spokesman said the deer died as a result of its injuries." No kidding. It was hit by a locomotive going 160 kph!!!!!

Sorry, but isn't that stating the obvious??
09:38 September 13, 2011 by vjtheking
"An Intercity train hit a deer at 160 kph (100 mph) travelling from Berlin to Hamburg".. Wonder why the deer decided to make the hike from Berlin to Hamburg??
12:12 September 13, 2011 by KBCraig
That must have been one hell of a deer!

I know that U.S. and German trains are different; as a third generation (U.S.) railroader before spending three years in Germany, I paid attention to those differences. The locomotive and rolling stock are both much lighter in Europe, but none are so light as to be disabled by hitting a deer.
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