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Murtalbahn derailed in Lungau and crashed into the river – “Children have had guardian angels”

In the Lungau a train of the Murtalbahn derailed at 7:05 a.m. on Friday. The locomotive had collided with a fallen tree lying on the tracks and fell over the embankment into the Mur, which ran next to it. There the car came to a standstill on its side in the water. The other two cars stopped on the rails. According to the Red Cross, 17 people were injured, nine of whom had to be treated in hospital.

Some onlookers trudge through the still wet Kleewiese on the right side of the Mur in Kendlbruck to catch a glimpse of the crashed Murtalbahn railcar. “My God, the many children who were on the train on the last day of school today. They had many guardian angels,” says a Predlitzer who was out with his German shepherd. On the left side of the Mur, at the point where the railcar derailed and fell several meters into the Mur, emergency services keep gathering to after the rescue of the slightly more than 60 inmates, the majority of them children, on the journey Tamsweg to distribute certificates, to discuss how to proceed.


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The scene of the accident.

According to initial investigations, the first of the three railcars hit a massive tree trunk shortly after seven o’clock in the morning in a slight right-hand bend. It had apparently fallen from the adjacent steep embankment onto the tracks after a heavy night thunderstorm. Obviously, the train driver could no longer brake, the railcar was literally levered out, as Philipp Santner, disaster control officer of the BH Tamsweg, later said. The wagon including the train driver and children fell about three meters deep and remained lying on the left side in the about two meters deep Mur.

“There were a total of 53 schoolchildren and the driver in the railcar set. Fortunately, everyone kept calm and prudence in this panic situation retires. As a precaution, water rescuers and firefighters had searched the river to be sure that no occupants of the crashed train were in the water. A little later it turned out that everyone had managed to reach the bank and no one was missing.

In the meantime, a large rescue and recovery operation by the fire brigade, Red Cross, mountain and water rescue had already started. Around 140 helpers, including emergency doctors, rushed to the accident site, which is difficult to access.

Hubert Bacher, District Rescue Commander of the Red Cross from Murau: “We looked after more than 60 people, including some parents. Nine children were taken to hospitals, one was flown to the Schwarzach hospital in an emergency helicopter for further clarification. We have God be Thanks to no seriously injured people, only slightly injured people. The mission worked perfectly. “

Unless they were injured, all children were taken to a nearby hospital, taken to the fire station in Predlitz, Styria, where they continued to be looked after and then picked up by the parents who had been notified.

The cause of the accident after the nocturnal thunderstorm and in view of the uprooted trees in this area seems to be explainable, but the Salzburg police helicopter had also flown to Ramingstein. “Experts from the State Criminal Police Office will precisely measure and examine the scene of the accident,” said the pilot. A little further away, a local resident says: “The Murtalbahn is affected by every severe storm. Then the train has to be stopped and buses run.”

Now the route between Murau and Tamsweg remains closed for an indefinite period. In order to be able to recover the crashed railcar from the Mur, a special crane was requested during the course of the day. The Salzburg State Transport Authority, Stefan Schnöll, announced an on-site inspection in Ramingstein in the afternoon to get an idea of ​​the scene of the accident.

The most recent accident could reignite the discussion about the preservation of the Murtalbahn, especially in Styria. As reported, Styrian state politicians are considering switching the connection to Lungau to buses. This is seen differently in Salzburg, however: only recently, the SPÖ pleaded in the state parliament for the maintenance and modernization of the Murtalbahn. LAbg. Sabine Klausner said: “We demand a clear commitment from the Salzburg state government to its contribution.” Stopping the railway would be a serious setback for climate protection and public transport. The section between Tamsweg and Mauterndorf, which is currently only used for tourism, must also be integrated into a future concept with freight transport.

Even hours after the train accident, the still mild outcome of the accident with the many school children in the neighboring towns in Lungau and Styria was the talk of the day. Only those teachers from a nearby elementary school who ceremoniously said goodbye to their children for the summer holidays did not show anything. “We will probably talk about what happened for a long time, because what happened there borders on a miracle when you see the pictures of the crashed train and know that there were many children in it and that they all survived more or less well There were really guardian angels or even God on the way, “says another innkeeper on the Styrian side, in order to serve some of the emergency services for lunch a little later.


The set fell into the water.   SN / voluntary fire brigade tamsweg
The set fell into the water.

Fire brigade and water rescue are at the scene of the accident.  SN / voluntary fire brigade tamsweg
Fire brigade and water rescue are at the scene of the accident.

The train derailed for a distance of 50.9 kilometers.  SN / voluntary fire brigade tamsweg
The train derailed for a distance of 50.9 kilometers.

The Murtalbahn runs between Unzmarkt and Tamsweg.  The wagon derailed around 7:05 a.m. in Ramingstein and fell into the river.  54 people were on the train.  SN / fire brigade tamsweg
The Murtalbahn runs between Unzmarkt and Tamsweg. The wagon derailed around 7:05 a.m. in Ramingstein and fell into the river. 54 people were on the train.

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