2 railway workers killed in collision
22 June 2004
AMSTERDAM — Two railway workers were killed when an intercity train from Amsterdam en route to Roosendaal collided with their maintenance vehicle at about midnight on Monday night in the southern Dutch municipality Hoeven.
Rail network authority ProRail said the victims were working on overhead cabling and had moved onto the wrong track in their so-called “ladder truck”.
The train driver and passengers were unhurt in the accident.
The accident occurred on the Lage Zwaluwe-Roosendaal route and train traffic was seriously disrupted after the collision, news agency ANP reported. Commuters were warned to expect delays of up to 30 minutes or more.
No trains were operating between Lage Zwaluwe and Oudenbosch, but Dutch rail operator NS has deployed buses to transport commuters, news agency Novum reported.
Salvage work and onsite investigations continued beyond the morning peak-hour period. The accident occurred between Zevenbergen and Oudenbosch.
The Transport Ministry’s inspection service and the Council for Transport Safety have both launched inquiries into the accident.
[Copyright Expatica News + Novum 2004]
Subject: Dutch news