Two trains are blocked on the tracks, indicates the rail infrastructure manager Infrabel. Support locomotives were dispatched to rescue the two trains stuck on the high-speed line. Trains are diverted as far as possible on line 36 between Leuven and Liège. The cause of the problem with the catenary is not yet known, specifies Infrabel.
The blocked convoys would be a Thalys high-speed train which linked Paris to Cologne, and an IC train which linked Ostend to Eupen. Hundreds of passengers would be on board these two trains, stopped respectively in Bierbeek and Waremme. A pre-alert phase has been initiated, which is the normal procedure in this type of situation.
Evacuation in progress
Passengers are getting out of the train. They will be moved thanks to Infrabel. Buses should be made available to reach Liège.
A small aid station was also installed for passengers caught in the furnace. Crisnee civil protection is on its way to carry out a water distribution. At this stage, no discomfort is to be deplored. The municipality of Orp-Jauche also ensures that water is provided for waiting passengers.
According to our information, a repair is underway but it is unlikely to be more effective than an evacuation by bus.