18 Feb 2010

THURSDAY THIRTEEN - Train accident near Brussels

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13 pictures of Buizingen (near Brussels)

the place where Belgium's terrible train accident happened on Monday 14. (See my post below)

My friend Ilona lives in Buizingen and had assisted the whole day to the coming and going of ambulances and helicopters. It was a terrible day. So far there are 18 deads and 162 people injured. Apparently one train driver ignored a red light. But nothing is sure yet.

The day it happened it snowed and it was a terrible weather too which wasn't ideal to help all the injured people.

The next day the sun was shining over the disaster.

The place of the accident is hidden by the walls

Buizingen is a cute little town. This is the city hall

Of course there still were lots of journalists parked there and waited for eventual news

They were from The Netherlands, UK, France, Germany and Belgian TV too.

Police was watching everywhere that you didn't get too close. Nobody should see anything while they worked on the crashed wagons to find other corpses maybe.

Here too we weren't allowed to go up

there was a policeman standing there

Thanks to my powerful zoom on my little Sony Cyber shot camera, I managed to take a picture of the two wagons.

Besides the rails is a nice path along a beautiful parc. The day of the accident it must have been horrible here with the hundreds of more or less injured people climbing out of the wagons.

And as the world is so small, the 28 boyfriend of my hairdresser had been in the second wagon the one which lay aside. He has his shoulder broken and has other little injuries but at least he is alive because in his wagon there were the most of dead passengers and he had seen them all. Of course he is in hospital and suffers a terrible shock.

Here is a amateur video of a young man who had filmed the scene while he got out of the wagon.
In the News they always mention "Hal" which is the place where a big station is only 3 km from Buizingen where the accident really happened.


Jo said...

Oh Gattina;) I'm so sorry for the victims of that awful train accident. My prayers are with them and all of you who have had to witness this. (((Hugs))) Jo

Anonymous said...

My thoughts and aloha are with all those poor people. How sad.

Loree said...

tragedies like this happen, especially if it is due to someone's negligence.

Calico Crazy said...

It's always so awful when things like this happen. So sudden and senseless. ~ Calico Contemplations

Shelley Munro said...

I saw the coverage on the news. It looked terrible, and I really felt for the victims and those who were injured.

Adelle Laudan said...

How very sad. My heart goes out to the victims and their families.

Happy T13!

CountryDew said...

Very sobering TT. An accident like that leaves scars on everyone.

Mary Quast said...

What a sad event! Prayers for all. Despite the tragedy, one can find comfort in the beauty around it.

Hootin' Anni said...

The city hall building is very quaint!!!

My Thursday post is now posted if you'd like to drop by.... 13 sisters

claudie said...

Quel horrible accident!!!
On se demande comment cela est possible; D'après ce que j'ai entendu à la tV, le train qui a grillé le feu n'était pas équipé d'un système d'alarme qui l' aurait fait arrêté. Je crois qu'en mesure de sécurité c'est inconcevable!!! Tu dois être sous le choc toi aussi comme les autres personnes habituées à utiliser le train.
ton coiffeur a eu bien de la chance! Pauvres victimes!
Ici j'ai vraiment à peine le temps de bloguer. Je me suis couchée vers 3h pour faire mon billet comme on est sorti avec les enfants. Ce soir encore 9 personnes à la maison pour une choucroute alsacienne! Mais là c pas compliqué car j'ai juste à faire chauffer la bonne choucroute de carrefour!

Melli said...

Oh I HOPE that red light was burnt out! I'm sure he didn't IGNORE it... missed it maybe... but surely not ignored! Of course, we would never know... I'm sure both engineers are among the dead.

But oh, Gattina! You took such great EFFORTS to do your investigative reporting! Shame on those police for NOT letting you in to get the job done! .... I'm sure you are better off for their efforts!

Journeywoman said...

My thoughts are with those people.

Anonymous said...

This is so sad. My prayers for the victims of this tragedy. Mariposa's T13

colleen said...

I did think of you when I heard news of this. So very sad and senseless.

wenn said...

so sad to hear that.

Unknown said...

I liked how you took time to remind all that even though there was tragedy there is still beauty here too. My heart goes out to all affected by the tragic events but thank you for a beautiful pictorial.
Hope you'll drop by my blogs for my T13s at The Cafe & The Library.

Janet said...

We heard about that here in the states. So sad :(

Americanising Desi said...

My prayers and wishes go out to the needy!

More than just annoyed

Small Reflections said...

Your photos of this town are lovely. My thoughts and prayers are with those affected by this awful accident.
Hugs and blessings,

Lifecruiser Travel Blog said...

Yes, I heard about it of course. Always so horrible when things like this happens! It feels so darn unnecessary! *shaking my head*