• [Germany]Karlsruhe: Truck crashes into Tram, 7 injuries

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  by Motorman
 
https://www.swr.de/swraktuell/bw/schwer ... index.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

And here it is: https://www.google.de/maps/@49.0101061, ... a=!3m1!1e3" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

The reasons for this heavy crash are still under inverstigation. The 750V/15kV-16 2/3Hz car is surely a total loss, also the Truck..
Due to holidays at the moment the train was less crowded as usual, this led to the "only" seven injuries.
  by kato
 
Motorman wrote: The 750V/15kV-16 2/3Hz car is surely a total loss
Actually they disconnected the front and rear halves of the tram within a few hours, with the front (not hit) being able to drive back into a depot under its own power.

The rear half was moved off the tracks by a crane:
https://www.facebook.com/kanews.de/vide ... 805066564/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
The track was then cleaned up and reopened in the evening of the same day.

The damage looks relatively miniscule, although that half was ripped off its bogeys:
http://cdn4.spiegel.de/images/image-115 ... 154827.jpg" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

The damaged tram is a GT8-100C/2S heavy-rail tram-train weighing as much as any other heavy-rail EMU per meter length (... and even empty twice as much as that truck fully loaded).
  by Motorman
 
kato wrote:
Motorman wrote: The 750V/15kV-16 2/3Hz car is surely a total loss
Actually they disconnected the front and rear halves of the tram within a few hours, with the front (not hit) being able to drive back into a depot under its own power.

(...)
Really?
The car hit was the second of a two-car train. I can't believe that the remaining half can run under its own power. It's surely easier to tow it away, but, we'll see... :wink:
http://www.ka-news.de/fotos/bilddetail/ ... 10,1646769" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
  by Motorman
 
Eyewitness reports say, it was towed away by another tram.
It would have made no sense to "fizzle" a partly working train, when towing away is easier.
There are so many interconnections between the routes in Karlsruhe,
so the "cleaning up" is a quick and -sometimes- dirty job.
And the main workshops are not far away from the accident site.
The accident happened at the "Entenfang" stop,
https://www.google.de/maps/@49.0179563, ... a=!3m1!1e3" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
(down in the middle)
and the main workshops are in the upper left corner. :wink: