Status: 02.12.2023, 14:00 PM
By: Lisa Metzger
On Saturday night (2 December), an S-Bahn and a Eurocity Express came to a standstill in the district of Landsberg am Lech due to the snow chaos. Travellers had to be cared for by the Red Cross.
Geltendorf – Masses of snow, the likes of which people in Bavaria have not experienced for a long time, have been making a large part of mobility in the Free State more difficult since Friday night. In Munich, S-Bahn, buses and trams were cancelled on Saturday. And in other parts of Bavaria, too, people can hardly make any progress due to the large amount of snow. As the Bavarian Red Cross says in a statement, "insome districts of southern Bavaria, the emergency services are reaching their limits despite snow chains and all-wheel drive". Without the support of the mountain rescue service, it is sometimes impossible to get through.
Munich Airport has also ceased operations. Munich Central Station is no longer served by trains.
Seven hours in ice and snow: 170 people have to wait in trains
In Geltendorf, in the district of Landsberg am Lech, two trains were also stranded in the middle of the snow chaos at around 2 a.m. on Saturday night (4 December). The passengers of a Eurocity Express and an S-Bahn had to wait for hours. Emergency services on the train took care of the passengers, who were not able to leave the train until around 11 a.m.
In Geltendorf, an S-Bahn and a Euro-City have come to a standstill in the masses of snow. Passengers had to wait for hours. © Roland Keusch
Previously, this had not been possible. Since then, the people in the nearby Abbey of St. Ottilien have been cared for by employees of the Bavarian Red Cross from Landsberg-Lech, Starnberg and the Malteser Relief Service. "170 people were and are still being cared for by the emergency services," says Sohrab Taheri, spokesman for the Bavarian Red Cross.
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Police and DWD warn: "The risk of accidents is immensely increased"
Elsewhere, too, the rescue service is only on the road with snow chains. The BRK also had to take care of the evacuation and care of occupants of broken-down vehicles on motorways. According to the German Weather Service, the snowfall is expected to continue at least until Saturday afternoon. Both the DWD and the police are calling on people to stay at home if possible. "The risk of accidents is immensely increased, every avoidable trip that is avoided counts and relieves the rescue services in the affected regions," it said in a statement.
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