Flanders: a passenger train hits a truck before derailing and injures several people (photos)
LTrain traffic will probably no longer be possible in Ardooie until next weekend after the train crash on Tuesday afternoon. This is reported by the rail network manager Infrabel. The damage to the railway infrastructure is significant and extends over a distance of 500 meters.
A passenger train hit a truck stopped at the level crossing on Tuesday shortly before 4 p.m. in Ardooie (West Flanders). The first two wagons derailed, but did not overturn, injuring several people.
The damage to the railway infrastructure is enormous. “The damage extends over a distance of 500 meters. Sleepers, signal cables and the catenary, among others, were damaged. A catenary pole was also affected,” said Infrabel.
An electrical cabin that controls the level crossing was also destroyed. Technical teams are on site to repair the damage. Rail traffic is not expected to resume until Monday.
Following the accident, Infrabel issued instructions to drivers. “There are stickers with an emergency number and all the information about each level crossing. If you ever get stuck, get out of your vehicle as soon as possible and call this number. The emergency services are in direct contact with our control center which can direct rail traffic elsewhere or stop it. In this way, a collision can be avoided. »
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