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Investigators seek cause of Belgian train crash

Investigators seek cause of Belgian train crash
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An investigation is being carried out into the cause of yesterday’s commuter train accident in Belgium.
18 people died and 95 were injured in the morning rush hour collision. Some of the injured are reportedly in serious condition.
The two trains were carrying up to 300 passengers, according to the Belgian national railway company.

It is the worst rail accident in Belgium since 1974 that also cost 18 lives.

One passenger said, “the train was full of people I knew. They were in the forward wagons. Full of people who take the train every morning like us.”

The accident occurred near Halle, 15 kilometers southwest of Brussels. Some passengers were trapped inside the wrecked trains for hours in freezing temperatures.

Train operator SNCB has said it is too early to speculate about the cause of the accident.

However, the provincial governor has stated that the local train had gone through a red light
and ploughed into the express train.