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Cyclist’s death disrupts Dutch train travel

14 January 2005

AMSTERDAM — Train travel between Nijmegen and Oss was disrupted on Friday morning after a cyclist was struck and killed by an oncoming train at about 6.30am.

Rail network authority ProRail said the cyclist tried to cross a large railway crossing and was struck by a train. It said the cyclist’s death was being treated as an accident.

The statement was an implicit denial that the cyclist had committed suicide. Regular deaths occur in the Netherlands as people opt to throw themselves in front of trains to end their life.

Meanwhile, train delays of up to one hour were expected, but Dutch rail operator NS said rail traffic started to return to its normal schedule on the affected route at about 9.30am.

There was no immediate confirmation from the NS that the accident led to delays experienced by other commuters elsewhere.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

Subject: Dutch news