According to the Dutch emergency services, one person died and many were injured when a train carrying passengers derailed in the Netherlands’ south.
The incident occurred near Voorschoten in the vicinity of The Hague at 3.25 AM local time (2.25AM UK time). Officials said that there were approximately 50 people aboard.
Officials claim that the crane was left on the tracks and caused the accident, which inflicted the driver as well as the two conductors. Multiple investigations are ongoing to determine more details.
Dutch radio reported that 19 people were taken by fire department officials to hospital. Thirty-eight of them sustained injuries. The rest were treated on the spot.
According to the ANP news agency, the front carriage of the train that ran between Leiden and The Hague was thrown off the tracks and ended in a field.
The rear carriage also caught fire, but it was put out.
Reports suggested that the passenger train collided with a freight railroad.
Erik Kroeze, spokesperson for Dutch Railways (NS), confirmed that a freight train was involved in this incident but could not provide details.
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Services between Leiden & The Hague were cancelled during the rescue operation.
Mark Rutte, the Dutch leader, sent his condolences via Twitter, writing: “My thoughts and prayers are with the family and all the victims.”
victims. They are my best wishes.”
“This is an extremely tragic accident. I feel for the victims. There is also a death to be mourned. “My thoughts and condolences go out to the loved ones involved,” Voorschoten Mayor Nadine Sterdink stated in a statement.
After two trains collided head-on at high speed, 36 people died in Greece last month.