Tram accident in Woluwe
21 October 2004, BRUSSELS - Fifty-one people were injured in a tram crash in a Brussels suburb on Thursday morning.
21 October 2004
BRUSSELS - Fifty-one people were injured in a tram crash in a Brussels suburb on Thursday morning.
The accident took place at the tail end of the morning rush hour, at 9am, on Avenue Tervuren in the Woluwe area of Brussels.
It is the second serious tram accident to take place there this month.
The incident occurred when Tram 39 crashed into the back of Tram 44, which was stopped at a red light on the same tramline.
Fifty-one people were injured by the shock of the collision, four of them seriously.
The driver of the tram was one of the most gravely injured.
Those who were only slightly hurt were transported by bus to the Saint Pierre hospital and the others by ambulance to the UCL hospital.
A similar accident occurred on 12 October in Avenue Tervuren where 21 people were injured.
Union leaders seized on the incident to raise their concerns about safety on the tramways due to the high volume of traffic.
But director general of the Brussels public transport service, STIB, said it was "unworthy" and "irresponsible" to exploit the accident to promote a workers' strike on Friday.
The cause of the accident is not yet known.
[Copyright Expatica 2004]
Subject: Belgian news