1 dead, dozens injured in Brussels passenger train derailment

By Amy R. Connolly  |  Feb. 18, 2017 at 10:24 AM
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Feb. 18 (UPI) -- At least one person died and dozens were injured when a passenger train bound for the Brussels train station derailed Saturday.

At least one train car jumped the tracks and landed on its side after leaving Leuven, about 16 miles east of Brussels. The train car had about 50 people aboard and some 25 were injured in the 1:20 p.m. derailment, officials said.

Leuven Mayor Louis Tobback said the person who died was not on the train.

"A judicial inquiry should determine what that person was doing there," he said.

Belgium's Prime Minister Charles Michel was traveling to the scene on Saturday to thank emergency workers.

"Condolences to victims and family members of the train accident in #Leuven. Thanks to the emergency services for rapid intervention," he said on Twitter.

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