Dutch train `passed stop signal before collision`

Last Updated: Monday, April 23, 2012 - 16:05

Amsterdam: The Dutch government says initial investigations indicate a train passed a stop signal on Saturday shortly before slamming head-on into another train in Amsterdam, killing one passenger and injuring dozens more.

Infrastructure Minister Melanie Schultz said in a letter to Parliament on Monday further investigations will be needed to confirm if one of the drivers missed a red light.

A double-decker intercity train collided with a commuter train on Saturday evening, throwing passengers through carriages and against one another.

More than 40 people were seriously injured and 16 remained hospitalised a day later. Scores more escaped with minor injuries.

The head of the national railway travel network called the collision one of the worst crashes in recent Dutch history.

Bureau Report

First Published: Monday, April 23, 2012 - 16:05

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