15 hurt as two trams derail in The Hague
30 November 2006, AMSTERDAM — Two trams derailed in The Hague on Wednesday night, injuring 15 people in one of the accidents.
30 November 2006
AMSTERDAM — Two trams derailed in The Hague on Wednesday night, injuring 15 people in one of the accidents.
The RandstadRail trams — part of the new light-rail connection between The Hague and Rotterdam — derailed shortly after each other.
The accidents took place near the Forepark and Ternoot tram stops. Some 15 people were injured in the Forepark derailment.
The Transport and Water Management Inspectorate has ordered a halt to all light-rail traffic between the two cities until further notice.
The public transport authority in The Hague, HTM, said the investigation has been complicated by the fact that the two accidents appear to have no direct correlations.
One of the trams that derailed was from the Rotterdam public transport authority RET and the second tram was an HTM carriage. Both trams travel on the Erasmus Line between The Hague Central station and Rotterdam Hofplein.
HTM and RET believe the accidents were caused by a technical fault and closed RandstadRail traffic down until investigations have been completed.
The RET tram — which derailed at Forepark — damaged overhead cabling and firefighters had to cut the power to rescue passengers from the carriage.
Fifteen passengers were slightly hurt, two of whom were taken to hospital for stitches. Some 120 passengers were in the tram when the accident occurred.
No one was hurt in the Ternoot accident.
A RandstadRail tram also derailed on 3 November on the line between The Hague and Zoetermeer near The Hague Central. No one was injured.
Wear and tear on the tracks was blamed for that accident. The light-rail connection has encountered ongoing problems from signal and track change defaults since its opening.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]
Subject: Dutch news