Three die in Belgium train crash

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At least three people have been killed and nine injured in a train crash in the Belgian town of Hermalle-sous-Huy, near Liege, reports said.

 

A passenger train crashed into the back of a goods train at high speed at about 23:00 (21:00 GMT), said Belgium’s rail infrastructure manager, Infrabel.

 

The two trains were on the same track, a spokesman for Infrabel said.

A local mayor said the passenger train was in a terrible state and it was fortunate there were no more victims, the BBC reports.

 

Francis Dejon, major of Saint-Georges-Sur-Meuse province, said the front carriage of the passenger train had completely folded back on itself.

 

The train, with about 40 people on board, was travelling between Liege and Namur at about 90km/h (55mph) when it hit the goods train.

 

“Two of the six carriages derailed and are lying on the tracks,” said a statement issued by Infrabel and national rail operator NMBS/SNCB.

 

Some of those injured had to be freed from the wreckage and are in critical condition, officials said

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