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Irish jogger on mend after being hit by train in Holland

A JOGGER has survived after being hit and seriously injured by a high-speed train in Holland.

Kevin Rooney (pictured), from Co Donegal, was out running in The Hague when the accident happened.

He was struck by the train while crossing the line at Rijswijk.

Mr Rooney was rushed to hospital and placed in intensive care after suffering multiple injuries in the incident, which happened on November 8.

It is understood he has numerous fractures including a broken leg and arm, but he has since been released and is making a satisfactory recovery in a regular ward. His family have flown from Ireland to be by his bedside.

The freak accident brought the train system in The Hague to a standstill for several hours as investigators carried out inquiries.

Mr Rooney, who is from Convoy, was educated at St Eunan's College, Letterkenny, and University College Cork.

He has been living for a number of years in Holland where he works for the European Patents Office.

A friend of his in Letterkenny said yesterday: "Kevin is a very lucky guy.

"How many people survive after being hit by a high-speed train?

"Nobody knows exactly what happened. It was just one of those freak accidents that you don't hear a lot of people surviving.

"He was in intensive care but he's out now and should be back to his old self in a few weeks.

"He has a lot of fractures that will need time to heal, but everyone is just happy that he's still with us," he said.

"He hasn't lived in Ireland for a good while but he keeps in touch with family and friends and often comes home. He's a very ambitious guy and is very highly thought of."

Irish Independent