11 people die after two trains crashed because signal controller was playing games on his phone

Mobile phone (illustration) 
By: Mahesh Sarin

(Scroll down for video) A train signal controller has been arrested on a charge of causing death through negligence after allegedly playing games on his phone instead of controlling the trains, causing a head on collision, police in Germany said.

Bavaria police said that they have arrested the train controller following the collision that killed eleven people last month.

According to the police investigation, the train controller turned on his mobile phone during his morning shift before the accident occurred.

The train controller played the game until seconds after the collision. The train controller denied that he was distracted, but he admitted to playing games on his phone during his shift.

The train conductor said that the controller gave the wrong signal and then pressed the wrong emergency button when he realized his mistake.

The trains carried 150 people in total. 11 people died and more than 100 were injured. There was no evidence of technical problems on the trains.