"The incident [...] happened on Sunday morning in Hanover. Fortunately,
there were no casualties, although the case was given a very high rank.
The investigation is carried out by the national police, the Unimog
operator will be responsible for losses of 600,000. euro, and the
charges will concern bringing about a threat to rail traffic.
Sitting in the narrow and low cabin of the Unimog, the driver would not
be able to operate such a huge train on his own. That is why a remote
control system was created, which is operated by a radio remote control
and allows you to leave the cabin. The driver-operator can then stand on
the side of the truck on specially prepared, foldable steps. He can also
get on the last wagon from the train, if the manoeuvres are performed backwards.
The Hanover Unimog was in the process of shunting. Its driver was to set
up the Deutsche Bahn InterCity passenger line-up and used a remote
control system. However, instead of standing on the front platform,
folded out to the side of the truck, he decided to operate the train
from the cab of a pulled locomotive. Thus, he was a few meters behind
the start of the line-up, and his visibility was additionally limited by
the Unimog body. And for this reason - as the preliminary findings of
the police indicate - it led to a [collision with] another InterCity
train, standing on the same siding."
"I have never understood why it should be necessary to become irrational
in order to prove that you care, or, indeed, why it should be necessary
to prove it at all." - Avon, Blake's 7