This day in 1971: TEE accident in Aitrang

Martin Baumann (German)

TEE 56 Baviaria, München Hbf to Zürich, RAm 501 with driving trailer leading, derailed on the 80 km/h curve at Aitrang at about 125 km/h. The wreckage was then hit by a local train formed by a 798 class railbus. 28 people were killed and 42 injured. The cause of the accident was never completely determined though a brake defect was one theory.

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