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16-year-old dies in an accident at the level crossing in Frankfurt: anger at the Deutsche Bahn

2020-05-11T10:45:11.655Z

A fatal accident occurs at a level crossing in Frankfurt. A young person is caught by a train. The police are investigating.



A fatal accident occurs at a level crossing in Frankfurt. A young person is caught by a train. The police are investigating.

  • A fatal accident  occurs at a level crossing in Frankfurt .
  • A young pedestrian is hit and fatally injured by a regional train a cyclist and a driver suffer serious injuries.
  • The barriers at the level crossing in Frankfurt-Nied were open; a guard was on duty at the time of the accident.

Update from Monday, May 11, 2020, 11:25 a.m .: After the fatal accident at a level crossing in Frankfurt , the investigation into the cause of the accident continues. The confirmed press spokesman Ralf Ströher from the Federal Police on request. 

A regional train had hit a pedestrian, a cyclist and a car at a level crossing in Frankfurt 's Nied district last Thursday (07.05.2020) at around 8 p.m. The 16-year-old pedestrian did not survive the accident, a 50-year-old driver and a 52-year-old cyclist were seriously injured.

Fatal accident at level crossing in Frankfurt: criticism of Deutsche Bahn

Update from Friday, May 8th, 2020, 9:55 pm: After the fatal accident at the level crossing in Frankfurt-Nied , criticism of the Deutsche Bahn is now loud. Anger mingles with the grief over the terrible misfortune: the level crossing has been particularly dangerous for years - and yet nothing happened. It has been discussed and discussed for several decades.

When the railway underpass at the Frankfurt-Nied S-Bahn station was inaugurated a few hundred meters southwest in 1988 , the second underpass was to follow on foot - but nothing happened. In 2005 the city council in Römer accepted the request of Karlheinz Bührmann, a Lower CDU man, to remove the barriers. An engineering office was commissioned by the city of Frankfurt to draw up plans, but it soon became clear that the project was not a priority for Deutsche Bahn. 

The railway said that no statements can be made as to the cause of the accident. DB Group representative Vornhusen expressed his sympathy to the relatives, as did the Hessian State Railway, whose fleet includes the train.

Train crash at Nieder level crossing: There is great concern in Frankfurt

Update from Friday, May 8th, 2020, 3.20pm: After the fatal accident at a level crossing in the district of Nied, the consternation in Frankfurt is great. People drop flowers at the scene of the accident. Many users on social networks are horrified by the tragedy. The Frankfurt SPD city councilor Milkica Romic-Stojanovic has started a petition with the aim of replacing the level crossing in Frankfurt-Nied with an underpass and a pedestrian bridge.

THAT'S FEARABLE, just unbearable.
The pedestrian could unfortunately also have been my 15 year old daughter. Fortunately, it wasn't.

Fatal accident in Frankfurt: rail hit several people - barriers were open https://t.co/qBbuLLkjG1

- Hot Cold ❤ (@kiananinchen) May 8, 2020

The topic is particularly controversial since plans have been in existence for more than 100 years to make the level crossing safer. As the "Hessenschau" reports, a new guard was on duty on the evening of the fatal accident . Her position had only recently been filled. The federal police are investigating how the barriers at the level crossing were opened when the train came.

Fatal accident at the level crossing in Frankfurt: barriers open - guard was on duty

Updated on Friday, 08.05.2020, 11:25: The fatal accident in Frankfurt is at a level crossing happens at the actually a Schrankenwärterin was on duty. That said the spokesman for the Federal Police Frankfurt, Ralf Ströher, on Friday (May 8th, 2020). Nevertheless, the barriers were open when the train caught three people. A 16-year-old pedestrian died, a 50-year-old driver and a 52-year-old cyclist were seriously injured.

On site in Frankfurt-Nied there is a caretaker's house, in which the caretaker worked at the time of the accident on Thursday evening (May 7th, 2020), said Ströher. According to "faz.net", this is the last level crossing  in the Rhine-Main area where there is still a barrier post.

Fatal accident at level crossing in Frankfurt: Federal police set up their own investigation team

The exact course of the accident is still unclear, according to the police. The Federal Police will set up a special investigation group on Monday (11.05.2020) . This will only deal with the accident. "Then we also quickly expect results," said Ströher.

The German railway said the circumstances of the accident and the cause no statements could still be made. The route between Frankfurt-Höchst and Mainzer Landstrasse is expected to remain closed until Monday. The trains would be diverted.

Fatal accident in Frankfurt: rail hit several people - barriers were open

Update from Friday, May 8th, 2020, 7:16 am: After the serious accident at an open rail  barrier in Frankfurt  , details of the victims have become known. The fatally injured pedestrian was 16 years old , according to the Federal Police in Frankfurt . The driver and the cyclist, who both suffered serious injuries, are 50 and 52 years old. 

The accident site at the level crossing in Oeserstrasse in Frankfurt  's Nied district was further closed on Friday (May 8th, 2020). "This morning, the federal police investigators will look at the scene of the accident and carry out surveys of witnesses and technical checks to determine why the barrier was open," said Ralf Ströher, spokesman for the federal police in Frankfurt. 

Frankfurt: One dead after accident with train - injured from car

Update from Friday, May 8th, 2020, 6:26 am: After the fatal train accident in Frankfurt  , the police and fire brigades were on site until late Thursday evening ( May 7th, 2020 ). A regional train had caught a pedestrian, a cyclist and a car  at a level crossing in Frankfurt's Nied district at around 8 p.m.

The pedestrian did not survive the accident. The driver of the car was seriously injured, and the Frankfurt fire brigade had to rescue her from her vehicle with a hydraulic rescue device. The woman came to a hospital just like the seriously injured cyclist. 

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The wreck of the car that was caught by a train at a level crossing in Frankfurt.

© Bjorn Green / Keutz TV News

Frankfurt: Extensive investigation into fatal train accident in Nied

The federal police in Frankfurt now want to  reconstruct the exact course of the fatal train accident in Nied. According to initial knowledge, the barriers at the level crossing were open. An emergency braking of the train could no longer prevent the collision. 

The site was illuminated for a long time on Thursday evening for the extensive investigation. A total of 70 fire, rescue and emergency services were deployed alongside the police in Nied. Several passersby had observed the accident and had to be given psychological care. The train driver suffered a shock. 

According to the current state of knowledge, one person was fatally injured in the #accident. Two more difficult, of which we had to free one from a car with hydraulic rescue equipment. Additional people from the web are currently being looked after by several # emergency chaplains. ^ am

- Fire Department Frankfurt (@feuerwehrffm) May 7, 2020

The other passengers on the affected regional train, which was on its way to downtown Frankfurt , remained unharmed at the current time. It is still unclear how much property damage was caused in the accident. 

Fatal accident in Frankfurt: train hits pedestrian, cyclist and car

Update from Thursday, May 7th, 2020, 10.45 p.m .:  The Federal Police has released further information on the serious train accident in Frankfurt. Around 8 p.m. on Thursday evening (07.05.2020) there was a serious traffic accident at the level crossing on Oeserstrasse in Frankfurt-Nied , in which a train passing through caught a pedestrian, a cyclist and a car. 

The pedestrian was fatally injured by the collision, and the cyclist and driver of the car were seriously injured. The train of the Hessische Landesbahn was heading towards Frankfurt Central Station * when it entered the level crossing area. 

At this point, the gates of the level crossing were open and the train driver immediately initiated an emergency stop, the investigators from Frankfurt report. However, this could no longer prevent the pedestrian, the cyclist and the car from being recorded. No passengers were injured on the train. 

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The fire department illuminated the scene of the accident for the police investigation. 

© Bjorn Green / Keutz TV News

Fatal train accident in Frankfurt: The federal police have taken over the investigation

As the police said, the train driver also suffered a shock and had to be treated in a hospital. The railway line is closed to train traffic and rescue workers are at the scene of the accident. The final investigation into the cause of the accident was carried out by the Federal Police Inspection in Frankfurt am Main .

First report from Thursday, May 7th, 2020, 9:57 pm:  Frankfurt - A pedestrian was fatally injured in a train accident in Frankfurt-Nied, two other people were seriously injured. A train rammed a car, a person on a bicycle and a pedestrian at a railroad crossing at around 8 p.m. on Thursday evening (07.05.2020) at around 8 p.m., a police spokesman said. 

Train accident in Frankfurt: pedestrian dies, other people seriously injured

The driver and the cyclist were seriously injured. The railway line was closed as a result of the accident. 

Could the accident at the level crossing in Nied have been avoided? The place has been considered dangerous for years. Now criticism of the Deutsche Bahn is loud.

Serious accidents happen again and again on railway lines. In Frankfurt, a twelve-year-old girl was killed in a fatal accident at a level crossing * in the Bonames district. Another ten-year-old boy died in another fatal accident with a train in Frankfurt *.

(isa / ag / kke)

* fnp.de is part of the nationwide Ippen-Digital editors network.

Source: merkur

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