Thursday, June 4, 1998 Published at 13:39 GMT 14:39 UK
'Everybody closed their eyes in disbelief'
There is now little hope of more survivors being found
A survivor of the German rail disaster has described how passengers suspected something was wrong when an "uncomfortable rattling" started 10 minutes before the crash.
He said the rattling subsided and then restarted a moment before train cars jumped the tracks.
Mr Schliebener said: "I held on and ducked down because one had the feeling of being thrown through the air, and then thank God it came to a standstill," he said.
"The window was cracked but there was a stone and I used that to break it open further. Thank God, a conductor came past at that time and he pulled me out. I realised how lucky I had been to get out at all."
"Out of the blue came the express train. Everybody closed their eyes in disbelief.
"The train had no chance to stop. There was an almighty crash that seemed to go on for eternity."
Mr Davidson opened his eyes to "utter devastation." Carriages were crushed under the collapsed bridge.
"There were carriages on top of each other. The bridge had come down on to the last three carriages and totally flattened them."
Federal police spokesman Ernst-Rainer Leohardt said: "There were people lying near the destroyed bridge. I saw wagons under the bridge. It was really horrible."
'Survivors went by carrying luggage'
British soldiers from a nearby base were among the first rescuers on the scene.
Colour Sergeant Phil Forsyth said they offered manpower and assistance in carrying stretchers and equipment.
Hannelore Domkewitz said she ran the 100 metres from her home to the tracks as survivors with bloodied hands staggered toward her.
She ran home to get blankets and bed sheets to cover the injured and dead. "But there were also survivors who went by with their luggage. They were all in shock," she said.