A passenger train derailed after colliding with a truck in the Noord-Brabant town of Wouw on Friday morning, local safety office Veiligheidsregio Midden- en West-Brabant reports. As far as is known, no one was seriously injured. The train driver sustained slight injuries, but truck driver managed to get out of the vehicle before the train hit, a spokesperson for the safety office said to NU.nl.
The Dutch government is making another 25 million euros available to secure unguarded railroad crossings throughout the country. This is on top of 10 million euros already dedicated to the purpose, State Secretary Sharon Dijksma of Infrastructure and Environment announced, according to BNR.
Some of the unguarded railway crossings will be closed, others will be equipped with booms or warning signs. Dijksma hopes to convince provinces and municipalities to also contribute money for this purpose.
Winsum mayor Rinus Michels openly apologized to a farmer whose land will have to be used for the construction of an emergency road. That road is needed to avoid an unguarded railway crossing, where a train derailed on Friday injuring 18 people, NU.nl reports.
Train traffic between Groningen and Roodeschool resumed around 5:00 a.m. this morning after being halted the entire weekend. No train travel was possible on that route due to an Arriva train that derailed at an ungaurded railway crossing in Winsum after crashing with a milk truck on Friday.
A total of 18 people were injured in the accident, according to RTL Nieuws. Three of them sustained serious injuries.
Several people were injured in a train accident near Winsum on Friday afternoon. An Arriva train partly derailed after crashing with a milk truck, according to the Groningen police and safety office on Twitter.
So far nothing is known about the exact number of injured people or the severity of their injuries. So far one wounded person was taken to hospital, according to the police. The truck driver escaped unharmed. All passengers were removed from the train.
The train derailment near Hilversum station on January 15th of this year was partly caused by overdue maintenance of a switch. This is according to the report that the Safety Board released today.