Train crash in Bad Aibling leaves 10 dead and at least 108 injured
9 February 2016
Train collision in Bavaria
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Two passenger trains collided near Bad Aibling, Bavaria on 9 February killing ten people and injuring at least 108. Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed her sympathy for the victims and their families and thanked the rescue workers who were working under difficult circumstances.
Chancellor Merkel issued the following statement:
"I am shocked and saddened by the terrible accident this morning near Bad Aibling. My deepest sympathy goes to the families of the nine people who lost their lives.
My thoughts are also with the numerous injured who are struggling with the consequences of the tragedy. I wish them a swift and full recovery.
I would like to thank all the regional emergency and rescue teams for their tireless work under these difficult circumstances.
Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure Alexander Dobrindt has briefed me on his visit to the crash site and the current state of the investigations. I trust that the relevant authorities will do everything in their power to determine what caused the tragedy."
Speaking at a press conference after visiting the crash site, Federal Minister of Transport Alexander Dobrindt stated that it was "one of the worst accidents in recent years” and that the trains' black boxes would be recovered and checked to determine the cause of the crash.