The truck that was used during the Berlin Christmas market attack earlier this month was reportedly stopped by automatic brakes in the vehicle which prevented it from continuing.
“The 40-tonne truck was halted by the automatic braking system, bringing it to a standstill after about 250ft,” reported the Telegraph on Thursday, who also added, “The system, adopted by EU countries in 2012, kicks in when it senses a collision.”
The Telegraph also reports that Polish truck driver Lucasz Urban, who was previously alleged to have possibly stopped the truck, was likely killed before perpetrator Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel took control of the vehicle and crashed it into the Christmas market, leaving 12 people dead and 56 injured.
The truck used during the July 2016 Nice, France, attack was reportedly too old of a vehicle to include the automatic brake system.
According to German outlet Deutsche Welle, it was discovered that the truck likely stopped due to an automatic break system after “An investigation by newspaper ‘Süddeutsche Zeitung’ and broadcasters ‘NDR’ and ‘WDR’ found the Scania R 450 semi-trailer stopped after travelling between 70 and 80 meters (250 feet).”
“The system was reportedly engaged after sensing a collision,” they declared.