The platform for Belgium's international community

Search form

menu menu
  • Daily & Weekly newsletters
  • Buy & download The Bulletin
  • Comment on our articles

Boy, 16, clings on to SNCB train he missed

22:04 20/08/2018

A 16-year-old boy who clung on to the outside of a train he had missed was lucky not to have been killed, Belgian rail operator SNCB said.

Witnesses spotted the teenager holding on to a locomotive as the train from Kortrijk to Brussels left Enghien station. The train was brought to a halt in Halle, where security staff apprehended him.

Het Nieuwsblad reports that he had arrived a few seconds late for his train, after the doors had closed. The newspaper quotes him saying: "I got on the locomotive because I had to be at home on time for my mum."

A train driver who shared the image on Facebook said: "What we see in the picture is a young man who is on the footstep of a moving locomotive. This is life-threatening."

SNCB spokeswoman Elisa Roux: "The main thing is that he is alive and well - but it could have been a lot more serious. He could easily have fallen off if the train had gone over a set of points and shaken."

The Belgian rail operator has established a formal legal complaint and the teenager could face prosecution.

Written by The Bulletin