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Dozens Hurt After Dutch Train Collision
Two trains have collided near the Dutch city of Amsterdam, injuring more than 120 people.
There were no immediate reports of fatalities, but of those injured, 13 suffered major injuries while 43 or 44 were badly injured, a spokesman said.
About 70 other passengers suffered minor injuries.
Earlier, National Police Corps spokesman Ed Kraszewski said that some 51 were "seriously or very seriously injured."
He said the victims sustained broken bones and neck injuries. Fleets of ambulances were used to ferry the injured away from the scene.
The accident happened near the station of Sloterdijk, according to Dutch news agency ANP.
Prorail spokesman Jouke Schaartsma confirmed that a Dutch Railways intercity train had collided with a smaller local train called a sprinter.
Amsterdam local news network AT5 posted photos on its website showing two trains that appeared to have collided head-on.
Both trains were still on the rails and the double-decker intercity train sustained damage near some doors close to the impact.
While the damage did not appear too severe from the outside, police spokesman Mr Kraszewski said the carriages on one of the trains were spacious and that may have led to injuries.
"We assume many people were thrown around the train by the crash against walls, seats and other people," he said.It was not immediately clear how the two trains could travel towards one another on the same track.
Mr Kraszewski said the cause of the crash would be investigated.The crash caused chaotic train traffic around western Amsterdam and halted all trains between the city's Central Station and Schiphol Airport.
what do you think?
"Amsterdam local news network AT5 posted photos on its website showing two trains that appeared to have collided head-on." Very speculative comment - just as much chance that one has collided with the rear of the other from what I can see.
I've travelled that route a few times. Looks like a shunt from behind to me i agree. Pretty busy round there.
With all the EU State Railways being sold of to Private industry, Safety, Cost & Standards, Pick any two. Shape of things to come! thoughts are with the injured.