Four-Year-Old Killed By An InterCity Train

Story ByMichael Leidig, Sub EditorJoseph GolderAgencyCentral European News

A four-year-old boy has been killed instantly after being hit by an InterCity train in Germany.

The tragedy happened when the boy apparently wandered away from home and his parents were looking for him when he was hit.

Police who said the incident was being treated as an accident confirmed that there was no barrier that would stop the boy walking directly from the place where he lived to the train line between Wolfsburg and Berlin.

They confirmed that the youngster from the town of Gardelegen was killed instantly at the scene of the accident.

After the accident which happened shortly before the train reached Gardelegen train station, the railway line was closed for three-and-a-half hours.

The investigation continues, and the parents are currently being given counselling after the tragedy.

Gardelegen in Saxony is Germany’s third-largest city by area, even though it has only 23,000 inhabitants, and on this day in history (13th of April) in 1945 the Gardelegen massacre occurred where 1016 concentration camp prisoners held locally were burned alive by the Hitler youth and local firefighters under the direction of the SS.

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