Who is to blame? – The clash between Vienna’s U2 remains a mystery

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The shock after the crash of a U2 with passengers is profound. Causes and consequences are currently being analyzed.

A serious accident took place at U2 Schottentor station on Friday evening around 7:30 PM. An incoming subway train collided with a construction vehicle, a so-called rail-bound construction trailer.

A blessing in disguise: according to the fire department, the U2 was traveling at low speed and there were relatively few passengers in the Silver Arrow carriages. According to a Wiener Linien spokeswoman, there were 120 passengers. Although the driver immediately applied orderly emergency braking, the crash could not be prevented and six people were slightly injured.

The Wiener Linien emphasize that the driver’s “attentive and careful behavior prevented something worse.”

How could that happen?
The collision was caused by the construction truck ending up on the track. How exactly this could have happened – whether it was a human or technical error – will become clear in the coming days.

No details yet
The accident will certainly have consequences, at least financial ones. Wiener Linien does not want to provide precise information at this time. Exactly this: “The train was taken to the workshop.”

The construction of the new U5 line and the extension of the U2 are the prestige projects of the Wiener Linien. Construction work started in mid-2021 – since then the U2 line has no longer operated between Karlsplatz and Schottentor. When school starts in September, the Purple Line will run the entire route again. The first part of the U5 will be put into service in 2026.

Source: Krone

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