Passengers on a high-speed train traveling near the German town of Struckhum – not far from the Danish border – have eluded injury after their train collided with slaps of concrete strategically placed over the tracks in what appears to be an act of sabotage.
Voice of Europe (h/t Thereza B) The regional express train was reported to have been traveling at a speed of about 100 kilometers per hour when it plowed into the concrete blocks, the Local reports.
After hearing the loud bang, the conductor, who unfortunately hadn’t been able to see the concrete blocks, was quick to stop the train and activate the emergency alarm. Upon inspecting the exterior of the train, it was clear that extensive damage had occurred.
As to the motive of Monday’s attack, German authorities are unsure. Police investigators, however, have said that those who were riding the train were quite fortunate that the attack failed to derail the train.
The concrete blocks were reported to have weighed about 80 kilograms each. A police spokesperson indicated that they may have been positioned to damage the train’s fuel tank.
Unfortunately, neither the passengers or the conductor were able to catch a glimpse of the perpetrators seemed to have managed to place additional concrete blocks on the tracks following the incident. Members of the federal police stumbled upon the newly placed obstruction not far from where the attack had occurred, commenting that it appeared that the perpetrators had intended to cause damage to other trains.
In October of 2018, authorities in Germany and Austria arrested an Iraqi migrant on terrorism charges for attempting to derail a high-speed train.
In a separate case that occurred just a few months later, cement blocks were placed on tracks near a Berlin railway in an apparent attempt to derail a train. Interestingly enough, an ISIS flag with writings in Arabic were both found close to the crime scene.