Train driver falls to high-speed death
* From correspondents in Berlin
* June 02, 2007
GERMAN police are investigating the mysterious death of a 41-year-old train driver who fell out of an express train from Budapest shortly before it reached its destination in Berlin.
A Berlin police spokesman said the train was travelling at 120 km/h through a Berlin suburb when its emergency braking system was activated because the driver had not responded, as required, within a 30-second safety interval.
None of the 85 passengers were injured by the abrupt stop shortly before 11pm on Thursday.
Police at first could not find the German driver.
The engine door was open.
His body was found hours later 200m away in a ditch next to the track.
“The only thing we're sure about is the door was found open and the security control switch that has to be engaged every 30 seconds had not been activated,” the spokesman said.