• Short Summary

    Sunday's (8 June) train disaster near Munich has claimed the lives of at least forty-two people, and injured eighty-seven.

  • Description

    Sunday's (8 June) train disaster near Munich has claimed the lives of at least forty-two people, and injured eighty-seven.

    Two passenger trains collided head-on a single track between the stations of Holzkirchen and Schaftlach. One train was almost empty, but the other was packed with day trippers returning from their Sunday in the mountains near the Austrian border. Many of the dead were dressed in lederhosen (leather shorts), and strewn about were the bunches of wild flowers they'd picked.

    About four hundred rescue workers toiled in drizzling rain throughout the night to free the dead and injured. Ambulances travelling to Munich were hampered by holiday traffic jams and some of the seriously injured were flown to hospital by helicopter.

    The trains were operating on the first Sunday of new summer timetable, and it's been reported that the new schedule may have contained an error that caused the two trains to be travelling on a collision course.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA30O25PYPTQX9KL7Y91B6XZ9CZ
    Media URN:
    VLVA30O25PYPTQX9KL7Y91B6XZ9CZ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/06/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:18:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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