No-one was hurt during the derailment, though services between Groningen and Zuidhorn (towards Leeuwarden), and Groningen and Delfzijl are all cancelled
An Arriva train derailed at central station in Groningen on Sunday evening, reports the GIC. Repairing the track will take all day Monday, and it is expected that no trains will run between Groningen and Zuidhorn and between Groningen and Groningen Noord and Delfzijl until Monday evening.
The train derailed Sunday evening at around 23:30, just after departure. When the derailment ocurred, the rear part of the train was still by the platform, and so passengers could easily be evacuated. They were escorted by Arriva staff to the back part of the train, where they could get off normally.
The train was due to travel to Roodeschool. According to ProRail, it is still unknown how the train could derail, and an investigation is being conducted on Monday.
The incident does have consequences for train traffic today, though, with both ProRail and Arriva spending hours putting the train back on its rails so that it can be driven away. It remains to be seen whether the track has sustained any damage.
There are currently no trains running between Groningen and Zuidhorn, Groningen and Groningen Noord and between Groningen and Delfzijl. Buses run between Groningen and Zuidhorn. Passengers can transfer there to a local train in the direction of Leeuwarden.
Images via the GIC, by RDB Producties