At least one dead and three seriously injured

Published on 09/05/2022
Karel Novak

Terrifying railway accident has happened in Austria (UPDATE + new photos)

At least one dead and three seriously injured
BFK Mödling / Lukas Derkits / Michael Buhn

On Monday evening, a train accident occurred in Münchendorf in the district of Mödling: a Raaberbahn railway set derailed shortly after 6:00 pm on the Pottendorfer line, two carriages overturned, the overhead line was torn off and lay across the accident site.

BFK Mödling / Lukas Derkits / Michael Buhn
BFK Mödling / Lukas Derkits / Michael Buhn

The Münchendorf, Achau and Guntramsdorf fire brigades were alerted at 18:27 to rescue people. The trapped train driver had to be freed by the fire brigade using hydraulic rescue equipment, and numerous other injured persons were cared for at the accident site.

BFK Mödling / Lukas Derkits / Michael Buhn
BFK Mödling / Lukas Derkits / Michael Buhn

After the grounding of the overhead line by ÖBB, all wagons were searched for injured persons. According to the latest information, there are eight lightly injured and three seriously injured persons, one person was trapped under the train and killed in the accident.

BFK Mödling / Lukas Derkits / Michael Buhn
BFK Mödling / Lukas Derkits / Michael Buhn

Rescue services and police were at the scene of the accident with a large contingent of emergency personnel and several helicopters, uninjured persons were cared for by the helpers in a nearby Red Cross disaster camp.

BFK Mödling / Lukas Derkits / Michael Buhn
BFK Mödling / Lukas Derkits / Michael Buhn

To be able to illuminate the accident site, a power generator including lighting equipment from the Brunn am Gebirge fire brigade was requested. District fire brigade commander Michael Bruckmüller and section fire brigade commander Christian Fröhlich supported the fire brigade's operational command; about 100 fire brigade members were at the scene.

BFK Mödling / Lukas Derkits / Michael Buhn
BFK Mödling / Lukas Derkits / Michael Buhn

A special crane from a specialist company was requested in the evening hours to salvage the wagons.

BFK Mödling / Lukas Derkits / Michael Buhn
BFK Mödling / Lukas Derkits / Michael Buhn

The causes of the accident are still under investigation. Web heute.at reported that the train went from Győr, Hungary to Ebenfurth, Austria.

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