At least 60 people injured in a two-train collision in Amsterdam
At least 60 people have been injured in a two-train collision Saturday evening outside Amsterdam, Dutch transport police said.
“There are 60 people injured – some 15 to 20 badly,” police spokesman Ed Kraszewski told AFP, after the head-on smash near Sloterdijk, in the western suburbs of Amsterdam.
The accident happened at around 6:30 p.m. local time when a local train leaving Amsterdam smashed head-on into a high-speed train, Dutch rail network spokeswoman Babet Verstappen told AFP.
Emergency personnel were treating the wounded at the scene, on a bridge between Sloterdijk and Amsterdam Centraal Station, she added.
Neither train was derailed, and footage from the scene appeared to show minor damage.
The injured were taken to hospital by ambulance. It was not immediately known what caused the head-on collision on Saturday evening.
“We assume many people were thrown around the train by the crash: against walls, seats and other people,” Ed Kraszewski told Amsterdam’s AT5 news station.
He added that some of the victims had broken bones and also sustained neck injuries.
The crash has disrupted rail traffic to Amsterdam Central station, as well as to Schiphol airport, Babet Verstappen said.