The Herborn truck

Shocking memorial

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Shocking memorial

The wreck is a reminder about the necessity to handle the risks of the technology responsibly.

The fuel leaked out and seeped into the sewerage system. Shortly afterwards the tanker exploded, then the fuel-gas mixture ignited in the sewerage system. There were explosions at several places in the city. The sad outcome of this disaster: Five deaths caused by the fire and flying debris, one death due to a heart attack, 38 injured (including 8 firefighters), approximately 9 million € material damage.

The accident happened because several individual circumstances came together: The route was very dangerous, the brakes didn't work properly and the overtired driver attempted too late to slow down by down shifting gears.

Short overview

Where

Steel hall

Time required

15 min

Attendance

No limitation