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An intercity and a freight train both hit a construction crane, causing the intercity to derail.

A passenger train derailed near Voorschoten in the night from Monday to Tuesday around 03.30:XNUMX a.m. and an employee of construction company BAM was killed. It is still unclear how the train accident happened. ProRail and the Dutch Safety Board are now investigating this. At the time of the serious train accident, a team of construction company BAM was working on the two southern tracks at Voorschoten station.

This morning around 3.25 am an accident occurred with a passenger train towards The Hague near Voorschoten (Geestwoningpad). There were about 50 people in the passenger train. 1 person died in the accident. There are about 30 injured, of which 11 people are being cared for in surrounding homes. Seriously injured people are taken to surrounding hospitals. The cause of the accident is under investigation.

Mayor Nadine Stemerdink - Voorschoten

During the press conference about the train accident at Voorschoten, mayor Nadine Stemerdink took the floor and indicated that the impact is significant. King Willem-Alexander arrived at the scene of the train accident on Tuesday morning. He talked briefly with the mayor of Voorschoten and emergency workers in a calamity container. 

The Royal Family also tweeted: “Our thoughts are with the victims of the train accident at Voorschoten and their families. Many are now in fear and uncertainty. We deeply sympathize with all of them.” - King Willem Alexander and Queen Maxima

There has been a serious train accident near Voorschoten. Fortunately, this rarely happens in the Netherlands. Other times a few years ago, together with those involved and rescue workers, looked back on the serious train accident in which a new sprinter collided with the international D train to Germany in the morning rush hour of 4 May 1976 near Schiedam. 

Since 1945 there have been about thirty in the Netherlands fatal accidents been on the trail. By far the largest rail accident was in 1962 near Harmelen. When two passenger trains collided, 93 people were killed. There will be no trains between Leiden Central and The Hague Central in the coming days.