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.

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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