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Man dragged by S-Bahn train for 50 metres with hand stuck in door

A man's painful attempt to catch an S-Bahn train in Berlin is perhaps a cautionary tale for frequent public transit chasers.

Man dragged by S-Bahn train for 50 metres with hand stuck in door
Photo: German Federal Police.

A young man was attempting to get onto an S-Bahn train late on Monday afternoon, but the door-closing signal had already gone off, and he ended up with his right hand caught in the door of the last train car, federal police reported on Tuesday.

The S-Bahn at the station under Berlin’s iconic Brandenburg Gate proceeded to drive away, dragging the drunk traveller along with it for about 50 metres on the platform. The man at last managed to free his hand, but he lost his balance and fell onto the train tracks behind the S-Bahn.

Deutsche Bahn workers were able to retrieve him from the tracks. Despite the potentially life-threatening situation, the man suffered just minor wounds and abrasions to his hand, arm and hip.

The injured 23-year-old however declined to be treated by medics called to the scene.

Federal police – who oversee Germany’s transportation hubs – initiated procedures to fine the young man because he had tried to get on the train after the doors-closing signal, and thus caused the accident.

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German tourists among 13 dead in Italy cable car accident

Thirteen people, including German tourists, have been killed after a cable car disconnected and fell near the summit of the Mottarone mountain near Lake Maggiore in northern Italy.

German tourists among 13 dead in Italy cable car accident
The local emergency services published this photograph of the wreckage. Photo: Vigili del Fuoco

The accident was announced by Italy’s national fire and rescue service, Vigili del Fuoco, at 13.50 on Sunday, with the agency saying over Twitter that a helicopter from the nearby town of Varese was on the scene. 

Italy’s National Alpine and Speleological Rescue Corps confirmed that there were 13 victims and two seriously injured people.

Italian daily Corriere della Sera reported that German tourists were among the 13 victims.

According to their report, there were 15 passengers inside the car — which can hold 35 people — at the time a cable snapped, sending it tumbling into the forest below. Two seriously injured children, aged nine and five, were airlifted to hospital in Turin. 

The cable car takes tourists and locals from Stresa, a resort town on Lake Maggiore up to a panoramic peak on the Mottarone mountain, reaching some 1,500m above sea level. 

According to the newspaper, the car had been on its way from the lake to the mountain when the accident happened, with rescue operations complicated by the remote forest location where the car landed. 

The cable car had reopened on April 24th after the end of the second lockdown, and had undergone extensive renovations and refurbishments in 2016, which involved the cable undergoing magnetic particle inspection (MPI) to search for any defects. 

Prime Minister Mario Draghi said on Twitter that he expressed his “condolences to the families of the victims, with special thoughts for the seriously injured children and their families”.

Infrastructure Minister Enrico Giovannini told Italy’s Tg1 a commission of inquiry would be established, according to Corriere della Sera: “Our thoughts go out to those involved. The Ministry has initiated procedures to set up a commission and initiate checks on the controls carried out on the infrastructure.”

“Tomorrow morning I will be in Stresa on Lake Maggiore to meet the prefect and other authorities to decide what to do,” he said.

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