3 dead as a Bel­gian train slams into an­other

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

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

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