One dead as Dutch train derails

Derailed train near Dalfsen (23 Feb)Image copyright

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Four carriages fell on to their sides as the train derailed east of Dalfsen

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

The train hit a 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 some 15 people had been on board at the time of the crash, at around 08:45 (0745 GMT).

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