• Short Summary

    Wreckage was still littering the Neckar Valley, June 14, after the previous day's train crash at Esslingen near Stuttgart, West Germany, in which at least 35 people were killed and 96 injured, more than 30 of them seriously.

  • Description

    Wreckage was still littering the Neckar Valley, June 14, after the previous day's train crash at Esslingen near Stuttgart, West Germany, in which at least 35 people were killed and 96 injured, more than 30 of them seriously.

    The suburban electric rains, carrying crowds of rush-hour travellers, collided head on at 60 mph. With a blinding flack the overhead wires short-circuited, and the engines and first carriages of both trains were hurled down the embankment towards the river.

    Police, firemen and railway personnel, assisted by American troops, worked round the clock to rescue wounded and dead from the maze of tangled metal. Doctors and ambulances were rushed to the scene of horror, where the screams of trapped passengers rose above the noise of the rescue work.

    The disaster took place after the Stuttgart-Esslingen line had been restricted to single line traffic because of repairs on he second track. An official report said one of the engine drivers had ignored a warning signal and taken his train out of Esslingen on to the single line, while the other train was still on its way from Stuttgart on the same track. In the subsequent collision both engine drivers were killed.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3X5P6VHY916B4UK7LXFOUW0NH
    Media URN:
    VLVA3X5P6VHY916B4UK7LXFOUW0NH
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/06/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:26:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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