On Tuesday around 7 a.m. local time, in the Mangfall Valley Railway, two trains tragically crashed head-on. According to the train company Meridia, this railway was a single track regional rail line extending between the towns of Rosenheim and Holzkirchen. This tragic crash left the train carriages merged together and slightly derailed. Unfortunately, 10 people resulted dead, and around 50 seriously injured, according to the police.
Christian Schreyer, board chairman of Transdev, who also operates the railway, affirmed that it was uncertain how the collision of the two trains happened on a single rail line. It was confirmed that both trains carried an automatic braking system that is set to stop if they ran through a red signal. There were also a driver and driver instructor on board, so it is questionable how this incident occurred.
Helicopters were sent to rescue those trapped in the remains and transport the injured to the hospitals. Journalist Stephen Richter informed CNN that Mangfall Valley Railway is one of the most important in the region, due to the fact that it is used daily by workers to get from Bavarian Villages to Munich. He added that they were lucky the train didn’t carry as much passengers as it usually does due to school holiday for the annual Carnival celebration.
The Meridian train company asserted that trains traveled the region for over 12 years and had been clear of accidents until now. Heiko Maas, the German Justice Minister, paid his respects to the injured by tweeting, “Very bad news… our thoughts are with the victims and injured. Thanks to the rescue workers.”