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Train services remain disrupted after Amsterdam crash

Sunday 22 April 2012

Train services remain disrupted to the west of Amsterdam on Sunday following Saturday afternoon's crash in which at least 120 people were injured.

Police now say 42 people were seriously injured in the crash - which they define as being unable to leave the train of their own accord. It was not clear on Sunday morning how many of the injured are still described as 'very seriously' hurt.

Most of the injured were taken to three hospitals in the capital by a fleet of ambulances and two helicopters. Those with slight injuries were treated at the scene.

The cause of the crash is still unclear. Both trains were on the same track: one was leaving the capital's central station, the other approaching it, when they collided.

Dutch Rail is due to give more details at a news conference later on Sunday but services will remain disrupted until the end of the day, local broadcaster AT5 reported.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

Seatbelts in trains anyone?

By Puck | 22 April 2012 1:27 PM

Can we please remember that there are FORTY passenger trains out of Amsterdam every HOUR! There are other trains as well - and many more at peak times.

That these things do not happen more often is due to the diligence of Dutch Railways and their staff and drivers.

My condolances to all affected.

By Gemma | 22 April 2012 2:57 PM

I suspect standing as the train leaving Centraal was crowded probably accounted for many injuries

By swin | 22 April 2012 3:27 PM

Puck : Seatbelts would be nice but then they'd have to ban passengers from standing in the aisles or by the doors for their own safety like they do on most coaches. Anyone travelling to/from work can tell you that finding a seat during peak time can be a challenge. This was an unfortunate accident and my thoughts are with those who were hurt but it could have happened anywhere. I guess we should be thankful that this type of accident is quite rare in NL. I hope the NS and ProRail are able to find out what caused it and that those in hospital with injuries recover.

By Kelly M | 22 April 2012 6:50 PM

Good post Kelly except that seatbelts where available would be an improvement. Nothing needs to be banned or compulsory or God help us absolute.

By Puck | 23 April 2012 8:20 AM

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