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Published on : Monday, June 6, 2016
A passenger train collided to the back of a goods train at a high speed of about 23:00 at 21:00 GMT, as reported by Belgium’s rail infrastructure manager, Infrabel. It was also added to the report that the two trains were on the same track.
According to the local mayor, the passenger train was in a terrible state and it is indeed fortunate that there is no reportage of any more victims. The front carriage of the passenger train had completely folded back on itself as Francis Dejon, major of Saint-Georges-Sur-Meuse province reported.
There were about 40 people on board who were travelling between Liege and Namur at about 90km/h (55mph) when it hit the goods train.
In a statement issued by Infrabel and national rail operator NMBS/SNCB, they stated that two of the six carriages got derailed and were lying on the tracks. Some of those injured had to be freed from the wreckage and are in critical condition, officials say.
Infrabel has begun an investigation into the crash. However, no one could comment as to why the trains were on the same track.
Infrabel said there had been what it called a “lightning incident” on the track earlier on Sunday which could be a possible line of inquiry.
Prime Minister Charles Michel tweeted his condolences to the families of the victims and wished the injured a speedy recovery.