The accident between a goods train and a passenger train at Midday on Monday train slightly injured sixteen people, said the Linkebeek mayor, Damien Thiéry. The collision happened on the border between the Linkebeek and Uccle communes. “Looking at the speed of the intervention and the efficiency of the emergency services, it was decided not to initiate the major-incident plan”, he added. The sixteen injured were taken to three hospitals (Erasme, Hal hospital and Saint-Elizabeth hospital at Uccle). The other passengers on the train, that ran between Braine -L’Alleud and Alost, were taken to Midi station via Stib buses.
The police and a medical inspector arrived at the scene after the accident and deemed it unnecessary to initiate the major-incident plan. ”Things look ok, the emergency services arrived at the scene very quickly”, explained Mr Thiéry.
According to the mayor’s information, the locomotive of the goods train hit the back of the passenger train at slow speed on Monday at 1.30pm at the border between Linkebeek and Uccle.
Train traffic was interrupted between Brussels Midi and Briane-l’Alleud as well as Linkebeek and Braine-l’Alleud. A bus service will be put in place.