Winsum mayor apologizes to farmer after train derailment

Arriva train derailed after crash with milk truck near Winsum, 18 Nov 2016
Arriva train derailed after crash with milk truck near Winsum, 18 Nov 2016. (@rooney25 / Twitter)

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.

The mayor stated that an unjust impression was given that the family who owns the land is not cooperating in finding a solution. On Friday the mayor said he will consider legal steps if an agreement on a solution is not reached quickly. "That the family was put in a bad light because of my statemetns is unjustified. For this I offer my apologies to the family", Michels said on Wednesday.

Michels added that he hopes that the involved parties will soon come to a good solution so that the emergency road can be built.

On Friday a milk truck collided with an Arriva train at an unguarded rail crossing in Winsum. The train derailed and brought train traffic in the area to a standstill until Monday morning. 

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