Man kills himself and son, 4, by jumping in front of a train

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A 46-year-old man has killed himself and his four-year-old son by jumping in front of a train, police said on Sunday.

The tragedy, which was witnessed by a passerby, took place on Saturday evening in Haarle, in Overijssel province.

Police received a call about the incident at 9.30pm and shortly afterwards a second call about a man and child who were missing from a house in a nearby holiday village.

Other family members were staying at the house, police said.

Some 200 people kill themselves by jumping in front of trains in the Netherlands every year.

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