German high-speed trains too hot to ride

Germany’s Inter City Express (ICE) high-speed railway system is suffering a major scandal as thousands of people have had to seek medical attention from overheated trains.

Temperatures on some trains have reached as high as 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit) thanks to malfunctioning air conditioning. More than 2,200 people have had to go to hospital after their sweltering rides. Train operator Deutsche Bahn has paid out 500 euros ($645) and a refund to each as compensation.

Deutsche Bahn is blaming the company that built the trains, but the railway industry says poor maintenance is to blame. In other words, nobody is taking responsibility.

Photo courtesy Sebastian Terfloth via Wikimedia Commons.