Here in Massachusetts, we’ve experienced several train accidents in recent years. Yesterday morning, two trains collided in Halle, Belgium and killed at least 18 people. Authorities estimate that at least 55 others were injured in the train collision, though they add that these numbers are not final. The crash occurred during morning rush hour as passengers traveled to work. Those not injured were transported away from the scene of the crash by bus. The injured were treated at a nearby sports center, according to the Belga news agency.
The train accident has apparently disrupted other parts of the rail network in northern Europe. Eurostar suspended high-speed train service between London and Brussels, and there were delays in northern France close to the Belgian border.
The cause of the accident is unknown. While snow was falling at the time of the train collision, officials say there was not an unusual amount of snow. The crash is believed to be one of the deadliest train accidents in Europe since the 2006 crash in Montenegro killed 41 people.
Source: 18 killed in Belgian train crash, official says, CNN World, February 15, 2010
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