Family tragedy near Haarlem

12th March 2007, Comments 0 comments

12 March 2007, AMSTERDAM – A 32-year-old man presumably killed his 58-year-old mother-in-law in his home on the Kritzingerstraat this afternoon before jumping in front of the train at a crossing in Haarlemmerliede with his two small sons, aged 4 and 6. All three were killed.The police reported this Monday afternoon.

12 March 2007

AMSTERDAM – A 32-year-old man presumably killed his 58-year-old mother-in-law in his home on the Kritzingerstraat this afternoon before jumping in front of the train at a crossing in Haarlemmerliede with his two small sons, aged 4 and 6. All three were killed.
The police reported this Monday afternoon.

Neighbours are shocked at the events and have gathered in the area of the Kritzingerstraat. One neighbour says the tragedy in the home took place between 2 and 2.30 p.m. today. Others in the area say they heard shouting and that the woman was stabbed to death. She was looking after the children in the home. The police have closed off the road.

A spokesperson for the NS says that special counsellors have been brought in for those who were on the train. Counsellors are almost always brought in for NS personnel and, if necessary, passengers, after a suicide.

About 180 people commit suicide on the train tracks in the Netherlands each year. Incidents of people pulling others with them in front of a train are very rare.

"This was an extremely sad and unique incident," said the NS spokesperson. "This was clearly a terrible experience for the train engineer and other eye-witnesses." The train stood still for about two hours after the incident.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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