The 60-year-old reacts neither to a warning whistle nor to the loudly audible emergency braking. Nothing happens to him just because he left the track shortly before the collision.
By Birgit Goormann-Prugger, Moosburg
Because he was looking for his umbrella in the area of the tracks, a 60-year-old man from the Freising district stopped a regional express train at the Moosburg train station on Sunday and was in great danger himself. Investigations revealed that the wind had blown the man’s umbrella from a path near the train tracks into the track bed. When the man was looking for the umbrella, a regional express from Landshut approached – on the platform where he was standing – at full speed. According to the police, the 60-year-old reacted just as little to a warning whistle as to the loudly audible emergency braking. When the train was about 100 meters in front of the man, the 60-year-old man left the track area again, which prevented a serious accident.
The regional express came to a standstill about 200 meters behind the scene of the incident. The engine driver went to the Moosburger and held him until the alarmed federal police arrived. The incident resulted in a track closure of around 75 minutes and significant operational effects. The federal police are now investigating the 60-year-old because of a dangerous intervention in rail traffic.