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Train Crash in Belgium Leaves Three Dead, Nine Injured

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | June 06, 2016

Train Crash in Belgium Leaves Three Dead, Nine Injured

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On Sunday night, a passenger train crashed into a stopped freight train in Belgium, killing three people and injuring nine other victims.

According to The Associated Press, the passenger train slammed into the freight train around 11 p.m. local time Sunday night at a speed of 55 miles per hour near the Meuse River. During the crash, two of the passenger train cars derailed and fell on their sides.

St. Georges-sur-Meuse mayor Francis Dejon told local media outlets that nine people were hospitalized and the death toll could climb. In addition, 27 other passengers on the train were treated at the scene, but needed no further medical assistance.

It took rescue workers around three hours to free the victims from the wreckage, which was carrying 40 people when it crashed. The train was traveling from Mouscron to Liers when it crashed 17 miles southwest of Liege.

Officials have announced that investigators were on the scene to determine the cause of the accident. There were reports that lightning had struck in the area of the crash a few hours prior to the accident, and there was a reported signal disruption on the line.

The crash has halted service between Namur and Liege, and officials believe it will take several days to clear the tracks and identify the true cause of the accident.


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