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12 Jan 99
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Eschede, Germany - Damaged points may have contributed to ICE crash

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Germany: Damaged points may have been a factor in last year's Eschede high-speed train crash. The German newspaper "Sueddeutsche Zeitung" reports that accident investigators have examined a set of points and believe that they may have opened causing a high speed ICE to become derailed on 3 June 1998.

A spokesman for DBAG, Hans-Georg Kusznir said that the points were severely damaged when they were struck by a piece of a defective wheel. Investigators however are uncertain if it was this wheel that opened the points. Consideration is being given to examining other points on the railway network.

The accident ocurred when the train became derailed and smashed into a bridge which then collapsed onto the train. The accident at Eschede killed 101 people, becoming Germany's worst rail disaster since WWII.

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