During a routine inspection, the national railway provider DSB has discovered yet another IC4 train with an axle box issue that could potentially lead to a derailment.
DSB decided to pull the train from an operational fleet that has been under the microscope after it was revealed last week that IC4 trains had experienced three instances of material breaches in the front axle wheel bearing – the latest of which was discovered last month.
“During one of our continual inspections today, we discovered a crack on a IC4 train, which was then pulled from the rails,” Lars Nordahl Lemvigh, DSB’s head of security, said according to Jyllands-Posten newspaper.
May 15 deadline
Lemvigh said that DSB had reported the instance to the accident investigation board, Havarikommissionen, and to the traffic authorities, Trafikstyrelsen, which has demanded that DSB present a final risk assessment of the IC4 and IC2 trains by May 15.
About 75 percent of the IC4 trains in Denmark are currently not in service, while the 19 that are being used are being closely monitored.
None of the problems have led to anyone being injured or any kind of derailment, but according to the safety parameters of the train producer, the worst-case scenario was deemed “catastrophic”.