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    Tom coming down from the Cauberg
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    Cycling......

    by tompt Written May 11, 2005

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    Tom coming down from the Cauberg

    Favorite thing: My favorite thing is going downhill, like Tom did here. (Gonnie)

    But Toms favorite thing is climbing it. Preferably on his bicycle.

    And after this we both like to drink a beer on one of the many terasses on the foot of the Cauberg.

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    Buscrash

    by tompt Updated Oct 16, 2004

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    monument for the victims of the 1954 crash

    Favorite thing: The Cauberg was the stage for the worst buscrash in dutch history. At 29 september 1954 19 people were killed when a bus came down the Cauberg out of control and crashed into a monument of marlstone at the Grendelplein. The monument was made by Cuypers and was to remember the 50th anniversary of the rejoining of Limburg with the Netherlands 1839-1889. It was torn down on the night of the accident.
    Workers of a belgian mining company were on a day out with wifes and children. In total 202 passengers in several busses. One bus
    had problems with its brakes when coming down the Cauberg. The drivers tried to avoid a crash, but at the Gemeentegrot he hit Armand Vijgen, a guide who wanted to cross the road. After that the bus smashed into a huge monument of marlstone at the bottom of the Cauberg. Leaving 19 people dead (aged between 2 and 72), and several injured. The guide Armand Vijgen was the only casualty from Valkenburg.

    Today there is a little monument with the names and ages of the victims at the entrance of the castle.

    Pictures and some dutch info can be found at this website: http://www.tvvalkenburg.nl/Busongeluk_1954.2472.0.html

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