Around 170 members of the volunteer fire department and 42 members of the rescue service had a troubled start to the Christmas weekend – as well as more than 400 passengers on a regional train that stopped on the route near Aßling on Saturday afternoon because a tree had fallen on the overhead line due to the storm.
According to a press report, the first firefighters were able to quickly locate the train. At the same time, work began on setting up a central operations management center at Elkofen. The operations managers from the various organizations and the emergency managers from Deutsche Bahn coordinated the operation there. The emergency services on the train initially looked after the passengers, but fortunately no one was injured. In addition to the train involved in the accident, there were two other passenger trains on the now de-energized route, which also could not continue.
Two more trains were towed by a diesel locomotive
The operations management later decided, in collaboration with the railway emergency managers, to evacuate the affected train with its around 400 passengers. In cooperation with the emergency services and the surrounding fire departments, the rescue of the travelers on the impassable route was immediately initiated. A shuttle service was set up from the accident site to the nearby Grafing train station using post-alarmed personnel transport and multi-purpose fire brigade vehicles and buses.
The travelers could continue their journey there. The other two trains involved were towed to Grafinger station using a diesel locomotive as a replacement engine. This made it possible to avoid an evacuation of the trains, which were also occupied by a large number of people, as the fire department reports.
A helicopter was also used to observe and explore the situation from the air. The large contingent of fire brigades and the very good cooperation with the rescue service and the police enabled a very calm and controlled evacuation, despite the poorly accessible position of the train, according to the summary of the district fire inspection. With a total of three emergency managers and federal and state police forces, the operation was coordinated and completed without any special incidents.