As of this writing the man who drove the truck into the Christmas market in Berlin is still at large. The German press, however, is assigning indirect blame for the atrocity on the Polish driver of the truck and the Polish company that owned it.
Ava Lon has summarized the latest German media reports, based primarily on this article in Die Welt:
Since the attack on the Berlin Christmas market, German media are trying everything to deflect people’s attention from the real perpetrator (who hasn’t been apprehended yet) to the deceased Polish truck driver, and now also to the company he was working for.
Welt.de reports on the security braking system, also called the automatic braking system, that Scania trucks are equipped with. The system gives the driver a warning when he gets too close to an object. On the highway the warning tends to get activated all the time, caused by close proximity to other vehicles, so truck drivers like to disable it.
German media are now arguing that this is what the Polish driver did, preventing the truck from braking when hitting the Christmas fair stands and the people.
Welt.de also mentions the GPS that allows the company to be aware of truck’s whereabouts at all times. Since they must have known early that the truck wasn’t in the right place, they should have reacted, according to the German press.
So now a small Polish transport company is made responsible for security in Germany at Christmas time.