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18 killed in train collission in Belgium
« on: February 16, 2010, 05:40:42 AM »
An investigation has been launched into the rush-hour train collision which killed 18 people outside the Belgian capital, Brussels.

Rescue workers spent all of Monday searching the twisted wreckage for victims, fearing that the death toll in the head-on crash could rise.

Identification was proving difficult for some victims, officials said.

Fifty-five commuters were seriously injured while a further 89 people sustained minor injuries.

They had been taken to 14 hospitals in the greater Brussels area, officials said.

Rescue crews had to deal with freezing temperatures and blizzard conditions when the crash happened about 0830 local time (0730 GMT) on Monday, near Halle, on the outskirts of Brussels.

The front carriages smashed into each other and were forced up into the air, damaging overhead power lines.

As of Monday evening, officials said 15 men and three women had been killed.

Passenger Sebastien Duckers, who hit his head when he was thrown forward in the crash, told the BBC: "Everyone was frightened and there was a lot of crying and screaming. We were all in a state of shock.

"There was broken glass scattered around the carriage."

He saw one person trapped under wreckage.

The cause of the crash was unknown, but the governor of Flemish Brabant province, Lodewijk De Witte, said one of the trains seemed to have missed a stop signal.

Belgium's track operator Infrabel said it was difficult to speculate on the cause at this stage.
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