ICE derails in Germany

An ICE 3 train leaving Cologne, Germany derailed on Wednesday (9 July). The unbelievable aspect of this story is that preliminary investigations suggest that an ‘incident’ affecting a wheel axle shortly after leaving Frankfurt Airport station may have caused the derailment; the line between Frankfurt and Cologne is the flag-ship line that sees trains doing in excess of 300 km/h; so this means that the unit that derailed was probably doing similar speeds along this line during it’s journey between Frankfurt and Cologne. This has naturally left many people feeling somewhat nervous about what could have happened and forced the Public Prosecutor’s office to launch an investigation into the incident on the basis that DB may have known about this during the journey and failed to stop the train to inspect it thus putting passengers and the national rail network in danger.