Derailment causes Utrecht-Hague commuters delay

24th March 2009, Comments 0 comments

The railway maintenance group says repairing part of the railway track which was damaged by the derailment of a cargo train on Monday may take up a week.

THE NETHERLANDS – Commuters travelling from Utrecht and The Hague or Utrecht and Rotterdam may have to spend more time on the trains following the derailment of a cargo train on Monday.

Train traffic between the central city of Utrecht and Woerden to the west came to a standstill when two wagons in the middle of the cargo train of 22 carriages carrying computer parts and electronic components jumped the tracks and hit an oncoming passenger train.

Ballast stones between the rails were propelled in all directions by the derailing wagons and damaged some vehicles on the road near the railway line.

The damaged passenger train managed to travel on to Woerden station, enabling the passengers to change trains there.

No one was hurt in the accident but part of the platform, track and the overhead cables were damaged and needed to be repaired, said railway maintenance group ProRail.

The repairs are expected to be completed at the end of the week, reports Nos tv.

Radio Netherlands / Expatica

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