Three dead in Belgium train crash

A view of the rescue operation where two trains crashed in Hermalle-sous-Huy, Belgium, 06 June 2016.Image copyright

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Rescue crews searched the wreckage of the train

At least three people have been killed and nine injured in a train crash in the Belgian town of Hermalle-sous-Huy, near Liege, latest reports say.

A passenger train crashed into the back of a goods train at high speed, said Belgium’s rail infrastructure manager, Infrabel.

The two trains were on the same track, a spokesman for Infrabel said.

A witness told French newspaper L’Avenir that the train carriages were completely destroyed.

The passenger train, with about 40 people on board, was travelling between Liege and Namur at about 90 km/h (55mph) when it hit the good train.

“Two of the six carriages derailed and are lying on the tracks,” said a statement issued by Infrabel and the national rail operator, SNCB.

Some of those injured had to be freed from the wreckage and are in serious condition, officials say.

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