Rail crash leads to long delays at Rotterdam
20 November 2006 , AMSTERDAM – Rail traffic to and from Rotterdam Central station was seriously disrupted on Monday due to a collision between a goods train and an empty passenger train.
20 November 2006
AMSTERDAM – Rail traffic to and from Rotterdam Central station was seriously disrupted on Monday due to a collision between a goods train and an empty passenger train.
A spokesman for Dutch rail NS said the accident took place at about 10am and rail traffic did not resume again until after 2pm.
Fewer trains than normal were operating between Rotterdam-Schiedam Central, Rotterdam-Dordrecht, Rotterdam-Leiden and Rotterdam-Gouda.
Delays ranging from 15-30 minutes were reported extending into Monday evening.
The collision caused extensive damage to the extension of the number 14 railway line at Rotterdam Central, but both train drivers were uninjured.
The goods train was carrying various loads, such as bottles of whiskey. A large number of containers were badly damaged.
Rail network authority ProRail said work to clear the debris will take up almost the entire day, while repairs to damaged overhead cabling and rails will take much longer.
ProRail expects the repair work will take two days.
The cause of the accident is not yet known.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Dutch news