More than 100 injured as trains collide in Amsterdam
THE HAGUE: Two trains collided head-on just outside Amsterdam on Saturday, injuring at least 60 people, up to 20 of them seriously, Dutch transport police said. "There are 60 people injured -- some 15 to 20 badly," police spokesman Ed Kraszewski told AFP, after the crash near Sloterdijk in the western suburbs of Amsterdam, but he added "I can't give exact figures." A spokeswoman for the Dutch capital's fire service put the number of seriously injured at 56, adding "tens of others were slightly wounded." The accident happened at around 6.30 pm (1630 GMT) when a local train leaving Amsterdam hit a high-speed train, Dutch rail network Prorail spokeswoman Babet Verstappen told AFP. But both trains were travelling relatively slowly at the time, Dutch NOS television reported: each moving at around 50 kilometres-an-hour (30 miles-an-hour). One had just left Amsterdam central station; the other Amsterdam Sloterdijk. Witnesses quoted by the Dutch media television said the impact had not been violent. Emergency personnel treated some of the wounded at the scene, on a bridge between Sloterdijk and Amsterdam Central Station, Verstappen added. The worst injured were taken to hospitals, while less seriously hurt passengers were booked into hotels in the city, she added. Many of the injured suffered from broken bones and bruising, Dutch news agency ANP reported. It cited witnesses who described how travellers had been thrown about inside the carriages or up against their windows, some <b>...</b>
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