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Long delays after Amersfoort train collision

2 April 2004

AMSTERDAM — An intercity train collided with a shunt train at about 6am on Friday at Amersfoort, but no injuries were reported. Rail delays of up to one hour are being reported.

The collision occurred at about 6.13am shortly after the Amersfoort-Utrecht intercity left from the Amersfoort station, but neither trains had reached high speeds. The cause of the accident is not yet known.

Railway authority ProRail said the accident had severe consequences for commuters because Amersfoort is the most important junction connecting the north and east of the Netherlands and the Randstad. Delays of up to one hour were being reported.
Rail transport between Amersfoort and Apeldoorn has been stopped and buses have been deployed to transport stranded passengers. Only the slower, local stop trains are operating between Amersfoort and Zwolle.

Both trains needed to be removed from the scene of the accident before the full extent of damage can be assessed.

The accident comes after 14 people were injured at about 10.45am on Thursday when two trams collided in Rotterdam. One victim was admitted to hospital for continued treatment.
[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

Subject: Dutch news