Dutch train derails after hitting crane


Dutch train derails at Dalfsen after hitting crane

Media captionThe train tilted over and went into a field, leaving some carriages lying on their sides

A passenger train has derailed near the Dutch town of Dalfsen, leaving one person dead, officials say.

The train hit a hydraulic crane on a crossing, tilted over and went into a field, leaving several carriages lying on their sides.

Residents said the crane had been crossing the line, east of the city of Zwolle, when the train ran into it.

The local mayor said one person was dead but it not yet known how many others are hurt.

Witnesses said the train driver had been killed but there was no immediate confirmation from the operator, Arriva.

Mayor Han Noten told Dutch media that 10 to 15 people had been on board at the time of the crash, shortly before 09:00 (08:00 GMT).

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At least 10 people were on board the train when it crashed into the crane and derailed

“Luckily it wasn”t the busiest train, so as regards casualties it won”t be as bad as it could have been,” he said, although it was a tragedy for the dead and wounded.

Most of those on board the train were hurt, one seriously, the mayor said.

Emergency services said some managed to clamber out of the carriages but they were searching the wreckage for anyone still trapped.

The train had been heading east from Zwolle, RTV Oost reported. Local services on the line were likely to be disrupted for the rest of the day while an investigation was carried out by the Dutch Safety Board.

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One image posted on Twitter showed the inside of one of the carriages

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