Train drivers strike after fatal crash

Drivers went on strike to highlight the working conditions. (REUTERS)

Belgian train drivers went on strike yesterday as safety concerns surfaced the day after the collision of two rush-hour trains outside Brussels left 18 dead and caused rail chaos.

EU experts joined investigators who resumed the grim task of scouring the wreckage of the trains amid fears that more bodies could be found.

Some of the 100 injured from Monday's high-speed disaster were also in serious condition in hospital.

Many train drivers went on strike saying that poor working conditions had contributed to the smash near the town of Halle, 15km southwest of Brussels.

One of the two drivers of the crash trains was among the dead. The strike was spontaneously organised and rail unions were not involved. The surviving driver was said to be in a serious condition in hospital with police awaiting an opportunity to question him.

 

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