Organisme d'Enquête sur les Accidents et Incidents Ferroviaires


The film “Between the lines” of the European Rail Agency (ERA) 


The film “Between the lines” of the European Rail Agency (ERA) describes the circumstances of a real accident.

The film, only available in English, gives an overview of the first phase of the investigation, involving factual data collection by investigators.



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Runaway of a passenger train

On Friday 24 May 2024, at around 9:16 a.m., a passenger train with no driver on board runs away from platform 5 of Mechelen station during an uncoupling manoeuvre. The train with about 30 passengers on board runs through a switch on track B of line 53. The passenger train stops after a train passenger operates the emergency brake.
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The Investigation Unit (IU) is an organisation created to carry out safety investigations following a railway accident or incident. The IU operates independently of the Safety Authority, of any regulatory body for the railways or any other authority whose interest could conflict with its investigatory duties.

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