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Man killed by freight train in Schleswig-Holstein

A 35-year-old man was killed around 2 am Saturday morning when a freight train locomotive smashed into his car at a gated railroad crossing near Kiel.

Man killed by freight train in Schleswig-Holstein
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The man’s car was crushed and ripped into multiple pieces. Police had to use welding equipment to remove his remains from the wreck. No additional information has been released about the man’s identity.

The freight train was unable to come to a complete halt until 400 metres after the point of collision. The train apparently did not derail due to the accident. The stretch of track between Flensburg and Hamburg was closed while authorities investigated the the accident and removed debris from the scene. Police do not yet know how or why the car collided with the train.

On April 17, a regional passenger train slammed into a parked freight train outside of Berlin, injuring 24 passengers and crew aboard.

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German man jailed for killing petrol station worker in mask row

A 50-year-old German man was jailed for life Tuesday for shooting dead a petrol station cashier because he was angry about being told to wear a mask while buying beer.

German man jailed for killing petrol station worker in mask row

The September 2021 murder in the western town of Idar-Oberstein shocked Germany, which saw a vocal anti-mask and anti-vaccine movement emerge in response to the government’s coronavirus restrictions.

The row started when 20-year-old student worker Alex W. asked the man to put on a mask inside the shop, as required in all German stores at the time.

After a brief argument, the man left.

The perpetrator – identified only as Mario N. – returned about an hour and a half later, this time wearing a mask. But as he bought his six-pack of beer to the till, he took off his mask and another argument ensued.

He then pulled out a revolver and shot the cashier in the head point-blank.

On Tuesday, the district court in Bad-Kreuznach convicted Mario N. of murder and unlawful possession of a firearm, and handed him a life sentence.

READ ALSO: Shock in Germany after cashier shot dead in Covid mask row

Under German law, people given a life sentence can usually seek parole after 15 years. His defence team had sought a sentence of manslaughter, rather than murder.

At the start of the trial, prosecutor Nicole Frohn told how Mario N. had felt increasingly angry about the measures imposed to curb the pandemic, seeing them as an infringement on his rights.

“Since he knew he couldn’t reach the politicians responsible, he decided to kill him (Alex W.),” she said.

Mario N. turned himself in to police the day after the shooting.

German has relaxed most of its coronavirus rules, although masks are still required in some settings, such as public transport.

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