Belgian Commuter Trains Head on Crash Kills at least 18
Two Belgian commuter trains crashed into each other early this morning. The incident
Belgian officials claim that 10 were killed and 11 injured, while the mayor of Halle, just outside of Belgium says the bodies of 15 men and 3 women had been recovered
The crash is also affecting high speed European rail service, since overhead electrical wires were damaged. the crash site is terminal connection point for electrical wires with the European high speed rail service.
The accident happened during morning rush hour, near Halle, just outside the Buizingen station.
An investigation is under way to determine the cause of the crash. Mr De Witte, Brabant Provincial Governor said one train had apparently failed to stop at a red light.
Two commuter trains crashed head-on outside Brussels on Monday, killing at least 20 people, a local official said.
The trains collided during the morning rush-hour near Halle, 15 kilometres southwest of Brussels, just outside Buizingen station.
The force of the collision smashed one train deep into the front of the other, peeling back the metal sides. Some carriages tipped high into the air and broke overhead power lines.
"The most recent information we have is that 20 people died," Halle Mayor Dirk Pieters told Belgian broadcaster VRT. "I base this on what the police and firefighters tell me."
Lodewijk De Witte, governor of the province of Flemish Brabant, told VRT that 10 people were killed.