German prosecutors stated Saturday police had arrested a 51-year-old man on suspicion of loosening the bolts on a stretch of the busy high-speed rail line between western cities Cologne and Frankfurt.
The German man faces fees of tried homicide, as he’s “strongly suspected of having removed bolts on 80 metres (260 feet) of the rail on a bridge between Cologne and Frankfurt,” stated prosecutors in a press release.
Investigators had been nonetheless attempting to find out the suspect’s motives.
Police on Friday stated they may not rule out a “possible attack attempt” after uncovering the issue on the rail.
State-owned rail operator Deutsche Bahn had described the incident as “sabotage”.
A high-speed Intercity-Express (ICE) prepare driver seen one thing uncommon within the early hours whereas crossing a bridge close to Niedernhausen, simply outdoors Frankfurt.
Several trains had already handed over the broken part of observe earlier than the tampering was uncovered, police stated on Friday.
“Luckily no harm came to any trains or passengers,” they added.
News web site Der Spiegel reported that the rails had been standing 5 centimetres (two inches) additional aside than standard alongside the part the place the bolts had been loosened.
This might have derailed additional trains passing alongside the road, it added, sending them plunging off the bridge.