Train derailment at unmanned crossing reported in the Netherlands
18 November 2016 • Author: Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, European Railway Review
A passenger train has derailed in the Dutch province of Groningen after it was stuck by a milk truck as it passed an unmanned crossing.
According to news reports, a passenger train partially derailed after it was struck at the side by a milk truck on Friday 18 November 2016, in the province of Groningen situated in the North of the country. The incident occurred at midday near the town of Winsum, 125 miles (200 kilometres) northeast of Amsterdam. Accounts suggest the milk truck was using an unmanned crossing at the time of the collision.
Arriva, operator of the service, revealed there were 50 to 75 passengers on board when the incident occurred. Emergency services have confirmed that several people were injured when the front carriage derailed. The driver of the milk truck was unharmed.
In February 2016, an Arriva operated train derailed after colliding with a crane as it crossed the tracks in the east of the country. The train driver was killed and seven passengers were injured.