German train driver sues suicide victim's husband

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8 December 2006, Bueckeburg, Germany (dpa) - The husband of a woman who threw herself in front of train has agreed to pay the driver damages for psychological problems he suffered as a result of the accident. The two parties reached an out-of-court settlement under which the widower will pay 9,000 euros (11,700 dollars) to the 55-year-old driver, who has been unable to work since the accident in May 2005. The case had been due to be heard by a civil court on Monday, but the two parties agreed to accept a s

8 December 2006

Bueckeburg, Germany (dpa) - The husband of a woman who threw herself in front of train has agreed to pay the driver damages for psychological problems he suffered as a result of the accident.

The two parties reached an out-of-court settlement under which the widower will pay 9,000 euros (11,700 dollars) to the 55-year-old driver, who has been unable to work since the accident in May 2005.

The case had been due to be heard by a civil court on Monday, but the two parties agreed to accept a settlement proposed by mediators, a court statement said Friday.

The 67-year-old woman died instantly in the accident.

Each year in Germany around 1,000 people take their own lives by throwing themselves in the path of oncoming trains.

"There are many cases where drivers are unable to return to their jobs after such incidents," said Michael Klein, a spokesman for the rail union Transnet.

DPA

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