Footage emerged online showing the NS-operated train smashing through the broken-down bus as the driver awaited for technical support inside. The video shows the train ploughing through the bus at high speed, resulting in the near-total destruction of the rear of the vehicle. The bus could be seen being torn in half within seconds of the train making contact.
Police and safety officials have now launched an investigation to ascertain why the bus was still on the crossing when the barriers came down.
Operator NS warned passengers to expect delays of up to 60 minutes between Bergen op Zoom and Vlissingen as debris from the accident is removed and the scene cleared.
The operator reported between 60 and 70 passengers were on board the train service at the time of the accident but no one was injured.
NS director of operations Eeclo Van Asch said: “The bus driver and the train driver are very shocked.
“Our concern is for the passengers and our colleagues on the train.”
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