For the third time in fifteen years a train shot off the rails at Assens, Denmark Mar 1, and crashed into Mrs.
For the third time in fifteen years a train shot off the rails at Assens, Denmark Mar 1, and crashed into Mrs. Rasmussen's sweetshop. The driver and a schoolgirl passenger were killed, five other people were injured.
It is believed that the brakes failed to operate as the driver tried to halt the goods-passenger train when approaching Assens station at speed. The de-railed engine clattered across another set of rails, went through a buffer, dragged its coaches and wagons across the street, crashed through Mrs. Rasmussen's shop and into a adjoining house where a family were sleeping. They were unhurt.
The early morning train is usually packed with school-children. Fortunately any were given a day off. Only 22 schoolchildren were aboard.
Assens citizens have been complaining of the dangerous slope on the track into the station since the first accident in 1945, when a train careered off the rails and into Mrs. Rasmussen's shop. When a similar accident in 1948 cost the train driver's life and a new shop for Mrs. Rasmussen, the Danish Railways ordered an inquiry and Mrs. Rasmussen thought seriously about moving. After the latest crash she had decided to take the hint. She is to transfer her business to another part of town.