Trains to east delayed for days after suicide

Repairs in progress on the rails at Teuge (Picture: Twitter/@ProRail). (Repairs in progress on the rails at Teuge (Picture: Twitter/@ProRail))

Rail traffic between Apeldoorn and Deventer came to a standstill after the train accident yesterday morning. At around 08:30 a.m. the train from Apeldoorn crashed into a car that was parked on the rail at the crossing in Stationstraat at Teuge. The driver of the car was killed. It is believed that he was committing suicide by parking his car on the tracks. All the passengers on the train escaped unharmed.

The accident caused an enormous amount of damage to the tracks. The train derailed, which damaged the overhead and track over a distance of 300 meters, De Stentor reports. Repairs will likely take days, with dozens of employees working on it. Wouter Traas, the Duty Officer present at the repairs on behalf of ProRail, told the newspaper that the rail traffic may only resume by Thursday. NS now states that the rail traffic is expected to resume on Wednesday.

In the mean time travelers will have to detour via Arnhem or Zwolle. Buses have been deployed for the route between Deventer and Apeldoorn. Extra travel time of up to an hour should be taken into account.