German tribute to crash victims

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German tribute to crash victims

GERMANY YESTERDAY paid tribute to the 100 people killed in the country's worst train disaster since the Second World War at a church service televised nationally and attended by Chancellor Helmut Kohl. President Roman Herzog told about 1,000 guests at the ecumenical service in Celle, nine miles from the scene of the accident in Eschede, that the whole nation had shared in the suffering caused by the crash. Investigators last week confirmed that a broken wheel was to blame for derailing a high-speed Inter City Express train travelling from Munich to Hamburg and sending it hurtling into a bridge support at 125mph.

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