* Breaking News* More than 120 hurt as trains collide in Holland

April 21, 2012~

Saw this on Reuters and thought I would share details…

Trains crash head-on in Amsterdam; nearly 125 reported injured.

By Reuters

AMSTERDAM — Almost 125 people were injured, many seriously, when two Dutch commuter trains  crashed head-on in Amsterdam on Saturday, police said.

There were no  immediate reports of fatalities, but of those injured, 13 suffered major  injuries while 43 or 44 were badly injured, a spokesman said. About 70 suffered  minor injuries.

A trauma helicopter was used to bring the injured to  hospital, a spokesman for railways group NS said.

The trains did not  serve Schiphol international airport, the NS spokesman added, but the accident  disrupted airport train service.

Some people were lifted from the  wreckage by cranes while others were led away from the crash site in protective  wraps to dozens of waiting ambulances, while police cars and fire trucks stood  by.

“We heard a loud bang. I went outside and saw people on the street  in panic,” a woman at the scene told broadcaster AT5.

“We then saw what  had happened. Quite quickly there were emergency services at the scene. It was  managed well. Some people had head wounds, others were limping.”

 One of  the trains involved in the crash serves the cities of Den Helder and Nijmegen,  while the other runs between Amsterdam and Uitgeest, the railways spokesman  said.

Netherlands public broadcaster NOS aired video footage showing two  trains that had collided.


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