Amsterdam train crash claims first fatality

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A 68-year-old woman has died of injuries sustained in Saturday evening’s head-on collision between two passenger trains in Amsterdam. The woman reportedly comes from the east of the Netherlands.

She was one of 117 people injured in the train crash, 16 of whom are still being treated in hospital, according ot the latest figures.

In a press conference broadcast live on national television, Dutch railway directors declined to comment on the possible cause of Saturday evening’s train crash in Amsterdam.

Bert Meerstadt of Dutch Rail (NS) and Marion Gout of infrastructure company ProRail expressed their sympathies for all those affected by the head-on collision between two passenger trains but insisted that they would have to await the results of an official investigation to find out what led to the disaster.

However, it was confirmed that the two trains were travelling on the same track when the crash occurred. Marion Gout of ProRail spoke of “a black day for the Netherlands’ railways”.


(dd/imm)

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