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2 trains collide in the Netherlands

Updated: January 11, 2011 8:30AM



THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — An international passenger train carrying 146 people toward Germany collided with a freight train in the eastern Netherlands on Tuesday. Police and local authorities said there were no injuries.

Babet Verstappen, a spokeswoman for Dutch rail network organization Prorail, said part of the passenger train derailed after the collision just after noon (1100 GMT) near the town of Zevenaar, 115 kilometers (70 miles) southeast of Amsterdam.

Police spokeswoman Andrea Jansen confirmed that the passenger train had partially derailed and said police had no reports of any injuries as a result of the crash.

German railway Deutsche Bahn said the train was traveling from Amsterdam to Frankfurt, and part of it was involved in a side-on collision with a freight train between Zevenaar and the German border town of Emmerich, the German news agency DAPD reported. Part of the train derailed but it didn’t tip over.

The passenger train involved reaches speeds of up to 300 kilometers per hour (186 mph) in Germany, according to its website. It connects the Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland.

Zevenaar municipality said in a statement all passengers got off the train and were taken by bus to a collection point in the town.

The cause of the collision was not immediately known.



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