One dead and 20 injured after passenger train derails near Brussels

Miranda GreerFeb 19, 2017

Frederic Petit of the Infrabel rail service told the VRT network that the accident occurred as the train left the Leuven station at slow speed in the direction of the Belgian capital. Three were seriously injured, officials said.

One carriage overturned in the accident and 100 people were on the train at the time.

It is now unclear the reason why the train dislodged from the tracks.

The train had barely pulled out of the station in Leuven, bound for the Brussels Airport about 12 miles (20 kilometers) away, when it derailed, leaving one vehicle on its side.

Louis Tobback, the mayor of Louvain, which is 25 kilometres (15 miles) east of Brussels, said one person died and several other people were hurt badly, Belga news agency said. Investigators are now trying to determine the cause of the deadly derailment.

In February 2010, two trains collided in a Brussels suburb, killing 18 people and injuring 95.

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