Early on Tuesday, a passenger train near The Hague crashed into a construction crane and derailed two cars into a field next to the tracks. According to Dutch emergency services, 19 people were hospitalized and one died.
To determine whether a crime had been committed, the police launched an investigation. To determine what caused the crash, a new independent investigation was launched.
Video pictures showed people navigating a constrained drainage canal beside the rails using makeshift bridges and ladders in the pitch black to reach the derailed train.
The railway cars’ windows were shattered in large numbers. It was unclear if that occurred during the collision or as passengers attempted to flee.
Two strikingly colored train cars—bright yellow and blue—came to rest parallel to the rails across the narrow canal and partially in a field. As it appeared to be, the front of the train was severely harmed. The train partially derailed in other places.
Immediately following the collision, video footage from inside the train captured frantic scenes as passengers struggled to escape the rubble in the dark.
Willem-Alexander, the king of the Netherlands, and Queen Maxima also tweeted their condolences, and Willem-Alexander personally visited the scene late on Tuesday morning.
At the time of the collision, the four-carriage passenger train was hauling around 50 passengers.
John Voppen, CEO of the rail network company Pro Rail, said that the passenger and freight train both hit a crane that was being used to carry out maintenance work.
He said the crane was on tracks that were not being used by train traffic and it is not clear how the trains collided with the crane.
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“We don’t understand how this could have happened,” he told reporters at a news conference.
It took some time before the accident victim’s identity was made public. But, according to Dutch media, the individual was a maintenance crew member from the railway’s building company, BAM. When contacted for confirmation, the business did not answer the phone immediately.
When the crash occurred at roughly 3:25 a.m. (0125 GMT) in the village of Voorschoten, the maintenance crew was working on the lines connecting the cities of Leiden and The Hague.
A tweet from DW News’s official account remarked, “A construction crane left on the tracks caused a passenger train in the Netherlands to derail, leaving one dead and some 30 injured.”-
A construction crane left on the tracks caused a passenger train in the Netherlands to derail, leaving one dead and some 30 injured. pic.twitter.com/lrIMMO84he
— DW News (@dwnews) April 4, 2023
A passenger train, a freight train, and a construction crane were all engaged in a collision, according to a statement from the railway firm NS, but no more information was provided.
“Like everyone else, I’m full of questions and we want to know exactly what happened,” NS CEO Wouter Koolmees said in a statement. “A thorough investigation must be carried out. At the moment, all attention is focused on the wellbeing of our travelers and colleagues.”
Eleven of the injured passengers were treated in nearby homes, according to the regional emergency services coordinator, and 19 others were sent in a fleet of ambulances to five hospitals, including a “calamity hospital” set up in the city center of Utrecht.
“A terrible train accident near Voorschoten, where unfortunately one person died and many people were injured. My thoughts are with the relatives and with all the victims. I wish them all the best,” Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte tweeted.
A little fire started at the back of the train, according to Ingrid de Roos, a spokeswoman for the neighborhood fire department, but it was immediately put out.
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For almost 4 years, Jason Martin has been a freelance writer for newspapers, journals, blogs, books, and online material. He covers the most recent news as well as many other topics.