Lawyers to sue over maglev deaths in Germany

26th September 2006, Comments 0 comments

26 September 2006, BERLIN - A Berlin law firm said Tuesday it was studying legal claims in connection with 23 deaths last week when a magnetic-levitation (maglev) train crashed at high speed on a German test track. Simon and Partner said it represented several people seeking damages. The wheelless train was the prototype for the world's only commercial maglev line, between Shanghai city and its airport. "At the moment, we assume that the technical safety standard that was necessary and that is installed in

26 September 2006

BERLIN - A Berlin law firm said Tuesday it was studying legal claims in connection with 23 deaths last week when a magnetic-levitation (maglev) train crashed at high speed on a German test track.

Simon and Partner said it represented several people seeking damages. The wheelless train was the prototype for the world's only commercial maglev line, between Shanghai city and its airport.

"At the moment, we assume that the technical safety standard that was necessary and that is installed in Pudong, Shanghai did not exist on the test track," the law office said, adding that it was mounting its own independent inquiries.

It would study the potential liability of the IABG operating company, the Transrapid manufacturer, the technical certifying bodies and individuals in the railtrack control room.

A rail certifying body, the Federal Railways Agency, meanwhile began its own inquiry to see if the Friday crash indicated tougher standards were needed on planned commercial lines.

The German government has funded the maglev train research for three decades although no buyer other than Shanghai has ordered one. The trains hover on a cushion of magnetic force that also propels them.

DPA

Subject: German news

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