/ 12 August 2008

Dutch driver survives being hit by two trains

Police say a Dutch man survived his car being struck in quick succession by two trains travelling in opposite directions.

They say the car was crossing the tracks when it was struck by an eastbound train and dragged several dozen metres until it collided with a westbound train.

”It picked him up, so to speak, and the car was left back at the crossing,” said police spokesperson Desiree Brabers.

The accident happened on Tuesday in the town of Dorst, 120km south of Amsterdam.

The driver (59) was taken to hospital in critical but stable condition.

”I guess you could say he had an angel looking out for him,” Brabers said.

She said the cause of the accident was unknown but it appeared the man drove past a lowered crossing. — Sapa-AP