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