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18 April 2024

Train crash in Brussels leaves 25 dead

By Staff Writer

Belgian rail officials say that two commuter trains have collided head-on at rush hour in a Brussels suburb yesterday, killing as many as 25 people. Other officials said the death toll was lower.

Belgian National Railways told the VRT radio network that 25 people had died. The suburb's mayor said the death toll was 20. Lodewijk De Witte, governor of the province of Flemish Brabant, told VRT that 10 people were killed.

The trains collided in light snow just outside of the station at Buizingen around 8.30am local time (0730GMT).

"It was a nightmare," said Christian Wampach, 47, who was in the third car of the Brussels-bound commuter train.

Wampach told The Associated Press, "We were thrown about for about 15 seconds. There were number of people injured in my car but I think all the dead were in the first car."