The Rüsselsheim train disaster occurred on February 2, 1990, on the Main Railway near the Rüsselsheim station in Germany. With 17 persons killed and 145 severely injured the train collision is amongst the most serious in rapid transit.
On February 2, 1990, at 16:42 the regular train of the Rhine-Main S-Bahn entered the Rüsselsheim station. The mass rapid transit DB Class 420 train was on its way from Mainz to Frankfurt on the S14 line. The station is secured with distant signals before the station platforms and stop signals after the station platforms technically enforced by Indusi inductors. The train driver acknowledged the warning of the distant signal but after dispatching the train in daily routine he had forgotten about it.
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