Several investigations will be launched to determine the circumstances behind the accident, assures Federal mobility Minister François Bellot (MR). A train derailed near Louvain on Saturday, killing one and injuring 27 others. The Minister went to the scene, along with Prime Minister Charles Michel and Louvain mayor Louis Tobback.
There will be an internal investigation within the SNCB and Infrabel, said Mr Bellot. A second investigation will be led by the federal authority via a Mobility SPF inquiry division. The Prosecutor’s Office will also open an investigation as one person died during the accident.
“The train is the only cause. Luckily, there was no train coming the opposite way”, the minister said. “It looked spectacular as one of the carriage’s overturned. It echoes another derailment in Mons back in 2009”.
Prime Minister Charles Michel, who also went to the scene, expressed his sympathy to the victims and their families over Twitter, and thanked the emergency services for their rapid intervention.
“Our thoughts are with the victims of the Louvain train accident and their families”, the Home Affairs Minister Jan Jambon tweeted.