Two trains blocked between Leuven and Liège: an animal caused the short circuit

The two trains were blocked on the tracks between Leuven and Liège, indicates Infrabel. The hundreds of travelers stuck inside were given water.


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La high-speed line between Leuven and Ans, near Liège, was temporarily out of service on Saturday afternoon following a power supply problem. It appeared that a stork had caused a short circuit. The line reopened around 3:30 p.m.



Two trains were blocked as a result of this incident. The first was a Thalys from Paris heading for Cologne with some 250 passengers on board. The train was able to leave shortly before 2:00 p.m. The other train, an IC Ostende-Eupen with some 500 passengers on board, was picked up around 3:20 p.m. by a rescue locomotive and was on its way to Leuven.

Emilie, a concerned passenger, is part of her experience with our colleagues from RTLinfo. “We took this train at 11:01 a.m. central station and we were supposed to get off at Eupen,” she says. “But just after Leuven, a technical problem stopped us. Passengers have been forced to wait as temperatures rise. “We try to open the doors or windows but it is not possible”, describes the young woman. “It’s very hot inside, it’s starting to get unbearable. »



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