Two Infrabel employees killed in train accident

Two employees of Belgian railway infrastructure manager Infrabel were killed after a runaway train struck them in the Belgian town of Morlanwelz (near Charleroi). Two other employees were seriously injured in the incident on Monday November 27. The train, which had earlier hit a car on a level crossing, then crashed into a passenger train, said Infrabel and national rail operator NMBS.

The incident occurred on the line between between La Louvière and Charleroi. While the damaged train was being removed from the track, it became detached for some reason and travelled back down the line in the direction of La Louvière, before striking the Infrabel workers around 8pm. The train then travelled further in the direction of Bergen and was driven into a passenger train at Bracquegnies near Mons. The train driver, a conductor and three passengers were injured.

‘Full cooperation’

Infrabel and NMBS have announced their full cooperation into the investigation, adding: “Infrabel and NMBS express their sincere condolences to the families and families of the victims and express their support for the victims, the families and all those involved in the accident.”

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Author: Simon Weedy

Simon is a journalist for - a dedicated online platform for all the news about the rail freight sector

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