11 killed in train crash because controller was playing games on his phone

11 killed in train crash because controller was playing games on his phone
Published: 2016 April 13 20:39:55 (8148 Views)
A signal controller has admitted he was playing a game on his phone when a train crashed killing 11 people in Germany, prosecutors said.

He was detained yesterday after developments in the investigation into the head-on train collision in Bavaria in February, which was Germany's biggest train crash since 1998.

He faces possible charges of causing death through negligence.

It was discovered that he 'turned on his mobile phone during his shift on the morning of the accident, started an online computer game and played actively… until just before the collision of the trains.'



The man denied being distracted by the computer game. But the prosecutor's office said the time period in which he was found to be playing the game meant it could be expected that he was not paying attention to a critical traffic intersection.

The controller gave the trains an incorrect signal and then hit the wrong buttons when issuing a distress signal, meaning it was not heard by the train conductors, the prosecutor's office said.

The trains, carrying about 150 people in all, crashed at high speed on a 6-km (4-mile) stretch of track between the spa town of Bad Aibling and Kolbermoor, near the Austrian border.

The investigation is continuing. No evidence of technical problems has been found to date.



Source - Metro

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