3 dead as a Belgian train slams into another
HERMALLE-SOUS-HUY, Belgium—A late-night passenger train slammed at high speed into a slow-moving freight train in eastern Belgium, killing three people and sending nine others to the hospital, authorities said Monday. The accident came just hours after reported lightning strikes and a signal disruption on the line.
Two cars from the passenger train derailed when it rearended the freight train around 11 p.m. Sunday in Hermalle-SousHuy, a hamlet on the Meuse River. Belgian prosecutor Brigitte Leroy said the passenger train was traveling around 60 mph (100 kph), and the freight 6-9 mph (10-15 kph) at the time of the crash. Earlier reports had said the freight train was stopped.
Nine people were hospitalized, some in critical condition, and the death toll could rise, said Francis Dejon, mayor of St. Georges-sur-Meuse. Twenty-seven other passengers were treated at the scene.
Dejon told a news conference that the passenger train’s first car was so badly damaged “it was curled back on itself.” The second of the six cars also derailed and came to a stop listing to the side.—AP