Last updated: 05:00 PM ET, Wed April 13 2016

Report: Dispatcher Caused Germany Train Crash by Playing Games on Duty

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | April 13, 2016

Report: Dispatcher Caused Germany Train Crash by Playing Games on Duty

Just before the Feb. 9 train crash in Germany that killed 11 passengers, investigators are reporting that the dispatcher on duty at the time was playing a video game on his phone.

According to, authorities believe the video game the conductor was playing prevented him from controlling the train traffic in Bad Aibling, Bavaria, which led to the Feb. 9 head-on collision between two trains.

Authorities have announced that there was no evidence of mechanical failure or technical defects on either of the trains, which places the blame solely on the dispatcher on duty.

The investigation found that the two trains traveling on the same track collided with each traveling around 62 miles per hour, according to German Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt. Police said 11 people were killed, 24 people were severely injured and another 61 had less serious injuries as a result of the crash.

Local prosecutor Wolfgang Giese acknowledged a week after the crash that the 39-year-old dispatcher was responsible for the crash, but further details weren’t available about the incident until Tuesday.

Giese told, “If he had complied with the rules ... then there would have been no collision between the trains.”


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