Cement-loaded train derails in Germany, killing train driver
A WLB freight train with wagons carrying cement derailed while entering the Geseke station in Germany. According to official sources, multiple railcars and the train’s locomotive overturned, resulting in the train driver’s death. DB Netze informed that due to the accident, the Geseke train station and the railway line between Salzkotten and Geseke are closed, while freight and long-distance trains are rerouted via Herford.
This story has been updated.
The fatal accident occurred around 3 p.m. local time on 10 September. The police and fire brigade arrived promptly to secure the accident’s site. Concerning the damage assessment, authorities commented on the local news that it is still unclear how much the rail tracks and overhead lines have been damaged while the impact investigation is ongoing.
It should be noted that the overturned wagons, locomotive, and rubble were pushed together after the derailment, forming a mass currently standing on the railway tracks and will need significant work to be removed. It is still unknown what caused the train’s derailment. At the same time, DB Netz expressed its deep condolences to the family of the fatally injured train driver.