– December 23rd, 2019
People in the western German city of Bonn are being hailed as heroes after managing to halt a runaway streetcar on Sunday.
Shortly before 1:00 a.m. on Sunday, police received numerous calls from distressed passengers on board a tram heading towards Bonn from the nearby town of Siegburg.
People on board noticed something was wrong when the tram blew past several stations and continued to barrel down the track — despite attempts to pull the emergency brake.
The near-catastrophe has also raised pressure on SWB, with prosecutors investigating whether technical defects on the tram could have contributed to the incident.
“According to witness statements, attempts to pull the emergency brake lever did not slow the train,” police said in a statement.
SWB said that when the emergency brake is pulled, it does not immediately stop the tram but instead alerts the driver who can then communicate with passengers and halt the vehicle. There are certain systems in place as well that send out an alert if a driver appears to have become unresponsive that appeared to not have functioned in this case.