Hundreds stuck on train for hours
24 October 2007, ECHT – About 400 passengers were stuck on a defective train nearby the town of Echt in Limburg for several hours on Tuesday evening. A spokesperson for ProRail reported this last night.
24 October 2007
ECHT – About 400 passengers were stuck on a defective train nearby the town of Echt in Limburg for several hours on Tuesday evening. A spokesperson for ProRail reported this last night.
The train came to a standstill in the countryside at about 7.15 pm because of a short circuit. The power in the overhead cables went out. The public prosecution department was alerted but thought it too dangerous to remove the people from the train, the Dutch Railways NS reports. It was very dark in the area and there was a busy overpass nearby. Among the passengers were children and elderly people with walkers, who would not have been able to descend the one metre step from the train to the ground.
It turned out that a small fire had broken out in one of the train's heaters, causing smoke and a short circuit. NS employees put the fire out with an extinguisher.
The fumes from the extinguisher caused two conductors and five passengers to suffer serious respiratory problems, however, and the seven were removed from the train by NS workers and brought to hospital. They have since been discharged, an NS spokesperson said Wednesday morning.
The train could not be towed until 10.45 pm. Passengers were able to board another train in Sittard. Many complained about the cold while stranded on the train, and some cars had also been without light.
The NS spokesperson said that the situation was "extremely inconvenient" for passengers, but stressed that these kinds of incidents are rare.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]
Subject: Dutch news