A train slammed into an electric cargo bike in the Netherlands on Thursday, in the southern town of Oss, 100 kilometers (62 miles) southeast of Amsterdam, killing four young children aged four to 11 and leaving two other people critically injured.
Some of the victims came from the same family. The accident occurred at a rail crossing. The crossing has warning lights and red-and-white barriers. The vehicle involved was an electric cargo bike, which has a large wooden or plastic box mounted to the frame in front of the rider. It belonged to a children's day care center and was taking children to school. The two critically injured victims, a child and the woman operating the vehicle, were taken to a local hospital. The cause of the collision is under investigation. initial investigations suggested that the barriers at the crossing were working correctly at the time of the accident.
Oss Mayor Wobine Buijs-Glaudemans offered condolences to "the families, the school, the day care center and everybody else involved." The cargo vehicle can reach a top speed of 15mph and the box has space for up to ten small children. They are now very popular among Dutch parents for carrying young children. Earlier this year, the head of the Dutch national Road Safety organisation Veilig Verkeer Nederland [Safe Traffic Netherlands] branded the Stints dangerous, and said they should require a license.