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Train crashes on to platform

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A work train is left with it front party hanging in mid air after it ran up on to the platform at Bodø train station at approximately 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

17.09.03 11:28

“The train came right into the end station. The material damages are large, but no one was hurt,” said head of operation at Salten police department to TV 2 Nettavisen.

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The police were notified of the accent at 8:40 a.m.

The work train ended partly on the platform, and part of the train is balanced in mid air. The distance to the station building is between 10 to 15 meters.

Jumped off

According to the information provided TV 2, the reason for the accident was that the driver did not manage to stop the train in time, and he therefore jumped off the train while it was still moving.

The driver was shaken by the accident and he is now being questioned by the police in Bodø.

Happened before

This is not the first time something like this happens in Bodø. A train came crashing on to the platform at the same station in November 1998. The cause of the accident that time was the driver who had fallen asleep after taking a sleeping pill. The accident caused damage for more than NOK 4 million krone.

“This is not as dramatic as a couple of years ago,” stated the police.

But the damage is extensive. The entire front part of the 18 ton heavy train is smashed. The work train which is owned by Jernbaneverket, was transporting sea cables on two railroad cars when the accident occurred.

The train was travelling from Rognan with its final destination at Bodø. The cables are now littered all around the train, and they apparently flew several meters.

Will be investigated

An accident commission from Jernbaneverket is expected to arrive in Bodø at 2 p.m. and representatives will together with the police check the locomotive in hope of finding the reason for the accident.

“One of the reasons may be break failure, but there may be other reasons as well,” said head of operations to TV 2 Nettavisen.

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