Driver killed as Dutch freight trains collide

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Two Dutch freight trains collided head-on near Barendrecht leaving one driver dead and several other passengers of another train slightly injured.

Rotterdam – The collision of two Dutch freight trains near Barendrecht, on the outskirts of Rotterdam, Thursday night left one of the drivers dead.

The head-on collision caused both trains to derail and hit the underside of a viaduct on the A15 motorway. 

The driver of one of the freight trains died of his injuries shortly after the accident, said a spokesman for the railway police.

An international passenger train from Amsterdam to Brussels spotted the accident in time and managed to slow down to minimise the impact of an emergency stop. A couple of the 150 passengers were slightly hurt and treated at the scene. 

The area was quickly evacuated after the pile-up, because it was feared the freight trains transported inflammable liquids. Fire officers confirmed later this was not the case. 

The A15 motorway was closed until the morning rush hour although rail traffic south of Rotterdam remains suspended while the wreckage is being cleared. 

Train users heading south from Rotterdam are being recommended to travel via Utrecht.
The National Safety Investigation Council is making an inventory of the situation in order to establish the cause of the accident. 

Radio Netherlands / AFP / Expatica

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