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Passenger trains collide head-on near Amsterdam : VIDEO

Amsterdam : Netherlands | Apr 21, 2012 at 9:24 PM PDT
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A head-on train collision in Amsterdam today has left over 125 people injured, at least 51 of them seriously or “very seriously,” according to The Associated Press.

The accident happened near Sloterdijk, to the west of the capital.

Neither train was derailed, and footage from the scene appeared to show minor damage, BBC informs.

Many of the injured suffered from broken bones and bruising, Some people were lifted from the wreckage by cranes while others were led away from the crash site in protective wraps to dozens of waiting ambulances, while police cars and fire trucks stood by.

The accident happened at around 6.30 pm local time when a local train leaving Amsterdam hit a high-speed train according to Dutch rail network spokeswoman Babet Verstappen.

Pictures from the scene showed the crushed front ends of both the trains and smashed windows in some of the carriages.

One of the trains involved in the crash serves the cities of Den Helder and Nijmegen, while the other runs between Amsterdam and Uitgeest,

The Dutch national rail company, Nederlandse Spoorwegen has not yet issued a statement as to how two trains could travel toward each other on the same line.

The accident happened at a busy part of the Dutch rail network, disrupting services between Amsterdam and The Hague and also to Schiphol airport.

An investigation into the cause of the collision is now under way.

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