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03/06/1998 Worst high-speed-rail disaster

A high-speed train derailed and crashed into a road bridge. 101 people were killed and around 100 were injured. It remains the worst rail disaster in the history of the Federal Republic of Germany and the worst high-speed-rail disaster worldwide. The cause was a single fatigue crack in one wheel that, when it failed, caused the train to derail at a set of points.


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