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German prosecutors probe fatal high-speed train crash

Published 23/09/2006

German prosecutors are examining recordings of railway radio communications today, following an horrific high-speed train crash that killed 23 people yesterday.

A hi-tech train that floated on powerful magnetic fields smashed into a maintenance car on an elevated test track, in the first fatal accident on a maglev train.

Initial indications were that human error, not sophisticated maglev technology, was to blame for putting the maintenance vehicle on the track at the same time as the Transrapid train.

The train was moving at 125mph at the time of the accident but can reach speeds of up to 270mph.

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