Passengers evacuated after German ICE carriage fire


By Keith Fender

A FIRE aboard a Deutsche Bahn ICE train carrying 510 passengers plus train crew resulted in a safe evacuation after the 16-coach set was brought to a halt on the 300kph high-speed line between Cologne and Frankfurt early on October 12.

Three passengers were reported to have suffered minor injuries.

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The gutted remains of the ICE vehicle being damped down by the fire service. PICTURE: BUNDESPOLIZEI KOBLENZ/TWITTER

The train (ICE511, 05.55 Cologne to Munich) was mid-way between Cologne and Frankfurt am Main when the fire started.

The fire was in the penultimate vehicle of the train formed of two Class 403 eight-car EMUs working in multiple. It was detected by a passenger, who used the emergency stop system to alert the driver.

The train stopped in open countryside on one of the few long open tunnel-free stretches of the line, which opened in 2002. It was next to the parallel A3 Autobahn near the village of Dierdorf, north of Montabaur.

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