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Engineer convicted in deadly German train crash

Berlin -

The engineer of a freight train that crashed head-on with another train in 2011 and killed 10 people has been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter.

Picture taken on January 30, 2011 shows members of the emergency services working at the scene of a collision between a passenger train and a goods train, killing 10 people and leaving many more injured in Hordorf, some 190 km west of Berlin. Credit: AFP

MDR news reported on Wednesday that the 41-year-old man was given a one-year suspended sentence after being convicted in Magdeburg state court of 10 counts of involuntary manslaughter and 22 counts of causing involuntary bodily harm to those injured in the crash.

The engineer, whose name was not released in line with German privacy laws, was found to have driven through two stop signals before his train hit a passenger train near the eastern German village of Hordorf in January 2011.

It was not immediately clear whether he would appeal and the court could not be immediately reached for details. - Sapa-AP

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