On Saturday morning, a Thurbo regional train thundered into a stationary car at a level crossing in Sulgen TG. The vehicle is thrown violently against a traffic light system and literally shredded. The occupants, the handlebars (42) and his passenger, can get to safety at the last second.
«I was reading in the room when it crashed. I thought the roof of the house had collapsed, ”says resident Pirmin Wild (66) to BLICK. The retired SBB train driver lives with his wife in the former stationer’s house right next to the level crossing.
“I have no idea what they were studying!”
After the collision, he ran out of the house, came across a destroyed vehicle and two men who appeared surprisingly composed. “You told me your car stuttered a bit. There was simply no more progress. But I have no idea what they were thinking! », Reports Wild.
Apparently, the two vehicle occupants stood between the long-closed barriers until just before the collision before they managed to get to safety at the last minute. “My shocked neighbor called out to them in despair, they should finally get off the platform!” Said Wild.
It is hardly surprising that the train was no longer able to prevent the collision. The Thurbo compositions are traveling at the accident site a little outside of Sulgen with up to 120 km / h. Why the car came to a standstill on the tracks of all places is now the subject of police investigations.
The cause of the accident has not yet been determined
According to Michael Roth, media spokesman for the Thurgau canton police, they are in the process of putting together the pieces of the puzzle that led to the accident. “We work in particular with the statements of the respondents who were able to observe the accident,” said Roth.
Whether the cause of the accident was a driving error or a technical problem should be of particular interest to the insurance companies: The crash is likely to have resulted in property damage of over 100,000 francs to the car, train and rail system.