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Lost motorist drives van along premetro tracks into Diamant
Well, it’s been a few years since the last one, so it was about time that some confused motorist drove into the wrong tunnel and got lost in the underground labyrinth that is the Brussels metro system.
This time it was the lucky public transport users waiting at Diamant in Schaerbeek who pulled out their phones and recorded the white van rather speedily driving along the premetro tracks. A tram riding in the other direction bumped into the van, bringing it to a halt. There were no injuries.
The incident actually happened last Saturday at around 8.00, and service was disrupted until about noon. How exactly the driver found himself driving along the tracks is as yet unclear, but he is facing a major bill for the towing, repair of infrastructure and remuneration to Stib for the hours the track was closed to transport. That’s separate from any fine he might receive for driving in a restricted area.
This driver now joins an elite group of people who have been caught driving their vehicles through the metro system. OK, one of them was drunk, but the others just seem to have taken a wrong turn. One must asking oneself: Considering that this is the fourth time in five years that this has happened, is there nothing Stib can do to prevent it?