Rail worker died after being struck by train in Wetteren, other worker seriously injured

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A railway worker was killed in a collision with a train in Wetteren in East Flanders on Tuesday night, while another worker was seriously injured. Infrabel confirms this to our editors. The circumstances of the accident are still under investigation, but a spokesman said the workers “probably came too close” to the track that was still in use.

Work would be planned on Tuesday night on one of the two tracks in Wetteren, near the Victor Van Sandelaan. A team of a subcontractor of Infrabel – consisting of four railway workers – was on site around midnight, after which two workers had already descended to the railway bed to carry out preparatory work.

According to Infrabel spokesman Thomas Baeken, the two “probably came too close” to the track that was still in use. “Unfortunately, an arriving passenger train could no longer avoid the collision,” said Baeken.

One worker was killed instantly, another was seriously injured and was taken to hospital. The track was reopened at 5 a.m. Wednesday.

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