30 hurt as train collides with lorry

3rd November 2005, Comments 0 comments

3 November 2005, AMSTERDAM — The drivers of an intercity train and a lorry were seriously injured when their vehicles collided in the east of the Netherlands on Thursday.

3 November 2005

AMSTERDAM — The drivers of an intercity train and a lorry were seriously injured when their vehicles collided in the east of the Netherlands on Thursday.

A total of 30 people were treated for injuries following the accident at a level crossing in the town of Wijhe at about 1.30pm, a spokesperson for rail manager ProRail said. The train passengers were taken to the sports centre in the town after the accident.

The injuries ranged from grazes to broken bones. Emergency workers treated most of the victims at the scene. Five were brought to hospital, with both drivers said to be in serious condition. The lorry was transporting wood.

Witnesses said the accident caused considerable damage. The train was partly derailed and it hit five overhead power line supports. It is unclear what speed the train was travelling at. Usually intercity trains pass Wijhe at full speed.

ProRail said an investigation had been launched to establish the cause of the accident. The clean-up operation would take all of Thursday, a spokesperson said.

Buses were brought in to ferry passengers between Zwolle and Deventer until the line is cleared.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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