Dutch rail accident: the construction crane was on track too early

Image: Sander van Vliet

The cause of the tragic accident that occurred in the Netherlands has been identified. As Dutch infrastructure manager ProRail said, the BAM construction crane involved in the fatal accident was on the tracks earlier than agreed. In other words, the crane was on the track while trains were still running.

This caused the DB Cargo NL convoy to hit it, and, as a consequence, a passenger train derailed after running into the debris of the crane, causing the death of the BAM crane driver and injuries to around 20 people. This new development confirms ProRail’s statement that the freight train was on the right track at the moment of the impact. The accident involved a DB Cargo Nederland freight train, an NS passenger train, and a BAM construction crane in Vooschoten, in the western Netherlands. The crash occurred on Tuesday 4 April, in the very early morning.

Cleanup operations are underway, but timeframe is unknown

Cleanup operations of the accident site started as well, despite them being delayed due to strong winds. As ProRail mentioned, the DB Cargo NL freight train and the BAM crane was removed from the site between 6 and 7 April. Cleanup operations are being carried out by Dutch company Mammoet, which will remove the passenger train, which was heavily damaged by the accident. ProRail added that they “cannot yet indicate how much time the hoisting activities will take”.

Image: © Koninklijk Huis.

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Author: Marco Raimondi

Marco Raimondi is an editor of RailFreight.com, the online magazine for rail freight professionals.

1 comment op “Dutch rail accident: the construction crane was on track too early”

bönström bönström|12.04.23|18:31

Result in a serie of just accidental, but devastating, yes, may be here “accident” is relevant.
However, “human factor” is a known risk factor accordingly calculated with. Regrettably, tragedy was not a total surprise…
(Wrongly, forgivingly – and misleadingly – “accident”, shall not be used, at media reports!) Quality Programs, worth Name, shall learn from tragedies, for decisively outing any known risks – now threatening – unknowing 3rd persons!
(By far safest on shore mode has to be safer!)

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