1 dead, dozens injured in Brussels passenger train derailment

Posted February 19, 2017

At least one person was killed and 27 injured when a train derailed and fell on its side minutes after leaving a station near Brussels.

The train came crashing off the tracks on the way from Leuven to Brussels, with authorities rushing to the scene.

One carriage tipped over onto its side while another portion of the train travelled down a small slope.

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Last June at least three people were killed and nine injured in a train crash in the town of Hermalle-sous-Huy, near Liege.

The Mayor of Leuven, Louis Tobback confirmed that one person had died in the tragedy.

Train traffic in and out of Leuven, 20 kilometers (12 miles) east of Brussels, has been interrupted.

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Police officers and officials stand next to a train after it derailed in Kessel-Lo, Leuven, on February 18, 2017.

Interior Minister Jan Jambon tweeted: "My thoughts go to the families and loved ones of the victims of the derailment in Louvain".

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