Dutch rail chief: Crash a 'nightmare'

2012-04-22 16:26

Amsterdam - Locomotives on Sunday towed away two trains involved in a head-on collision that seriously wounded 42 people - an incident a top rail official described as one of the worst train crashes in the Netherlands' recent history.

"Two trains colliding on the same track is a nightmare," Bert Meerstadt, director of national railroad operator NS, told reporters as the vehicles were towed and technicians began studying the tracks for damage.

The Saturday evening crash in Amsterdam involved a double-decker intercity train and a commuter train.

Amsterdam Mayor Eberhard van der Laan said 42 people were seriously injured. Dozens more passengers sustained minor injuries.

Meerstadt declined to speculate on what caused the collision. He said crash investigators would study black box recorders on both trains.

The accident happened near a popular park on a busy stretch of track close to Amsterdam's Central Station where trains generally do not travel at full speed.

Two separate investigations will focus on whether human error or a mechanical fault led to the trains colliding on the same stretch of track.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
Read more on:    netherlands  |  transport

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Rugby World Cup 2015

All the action from the 2015 RWC, including live coverage of all 48 matches, breaking news, fixtures, results, logs - and much more!


Rugby World Cup 2015

Habana believes in younger Boks
All Blacks ready for a 'hell of a battle'
Barnes to ref Boks, Wales clash
Brave Blossoms: 'Sport heroes of Japan'

Your incisive and innovative mind is on fire. You may be keen to explore new avenues that can help to inspire you. You may...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.