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article imageVideo: 2 trains collide in Amsterdam ― at least 70 injured

By Anne Sewell     Apr 21, 2012 in World
Amsterdam - Dutch media reports that 2 trains have collided in Amsterdam in the Netherlands, injuring at least 70 with more than 50 seriously.
The BBC reports that the trains collided between the capital's main station, Amsterdam Central and the Amsterdam Sloterdijk station.
While it is not immediately clear how the 2 trains had ended up travelling towards each other on the same track, Ed Kraszewski of the National Police Corps said that the cause of the collision would be investigated. The trains involved were an inter-city train and a local stopping service, and the crash occurred at around 18:30 local time.
Kraszewski told reporters in Amsterdam that around 70 people had minor injuries and that 51 people were "seriously or very seriously injured." He stated that the victims had sustained neck injuries and broken bones.
According to a spokeswoman for Dutch Railways, the injuries mainly consist of broken bones and bruises.
Fleets of ambulances were required to carry the injured away from the scene.
According to the local news channel AT5, the location of the crash has complicated access for emergency personnel to the site. All trains running west of the capital have been suspended, including the popular Schipol Airport express train.
In the latest update from channel AT5 at 21:40 local time, there have been approximately 125 people affected, 56 were injured - 13 very seriously and 43 seriously. Approximately 70 people had minor injuries and everyone has now been removed from the trains.
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