Dispatcher Playing with Phone is at Fault for German Train Crash
Eleven people died with another 80 injured in the February 2016 accident
According to a report published by The New York Times, a railway dispatcher playing a game on his cellphone could be at fault for the collision between two trains in Germany on Feb. 9 of this year. Eleven people died in the crash and 80 were injured.
A state prosecutor said the dispatcher violated work rules and most likely caused the crash. A warrant has been issued for his arrest; he is charged with involuntary manslaughter. "The latest investigation shows that, in violation of the railway work rules, the accused switched on his mobile phone during his shift on the morning of the accident, started an online computer game and played actively for an extended period of time until shortly before the collision," Wolfgang Giese said, according to the newspaper's story.
The crash occurred on a single-track section, one of many in Germany.