German Officials Reveal Cause of 2009 Cologne Archive Collapse

Posted by Jean-Yves on May 16, 2017

The collapse of the Cologne city archives left two people dead and buried thousands of documents – some of which dated from the Middle Ages. Public prosecutors are considering pressing charges.

Cologne’s Public Prosecutor’s Office on Thursday revealed the findings of a years-long probe into what caused the city’s archives building to collapse in 2009. As was long expected, mismanagement and faulty construction of a metro line beneath the old city center was found to have led to the building’s collapse.

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