Human error at fault in Brugge train collision

18th September 2006, Comments 0 comments

18 September 2006, BRUSSELS — The collision between two trains near the Brugge rail station on Friday afternoon was the result of human error, the city's public prosecution office said on Monday.

18 September 2006

BRUSSELS — The collision between two trains near the Brugge rail station on Friday afternoon was the result of human error, the city's public prosecution office said on Monday.

Investigating experts have determined that one of the trains ran a red light, news agency Belga reported.

Consequently, a local train on the Brugge-Kortrijk route collided with the side of an empty double-decker train.

The double-decker was coming from a siding and was entering the main track which the local train was also travelling on.

About 80 passengers were on the local train, four of whom suffered minor injuries.

Two of the injured victims were treated at the seen and allowed to go home, while two others were taken to hospital. Both train drivers were said to be suffering from shock.

Despite the fact the two trains were travelling slowly — between 40 and 60kmh — large-scale damage was reported.

The end carriage of the double-decker train was derailed, while a carriage of the other train tipped onto its side.

Train delays on the Brugge-Kortrijk route were reported throughout the weekend due to the clearance and repair works.

Buses were called in to transport passengers between Brugge and Torhout.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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