130 injured in Netherlands train collision (Lead)

April 22nd, 2012 - 6:04 am ICT by IANS  

The Hague, April 22 (IANS) Around 130 people were injured when two passenger trains collided Saturday near the Netherlands’ capital city Amsterdam, Xinhua reported.

The accident took place around 6.30 p.m. when a train from Den Helder to Nijmegen rammed into another passenger train from Amsterdam to Uitgeest.

According to BBC, the accident happened near Sloterdijk, to the west of the capital. Neither train was derailed, and video footage from the scene appeared to show minor damage.

Dutch railways company NS said all the injured were pulled out of the trains.

Police said at least 125 people were injured. Most victims suffered broken bones and severe bruises.

Police barricaded the area around the accident. Ambulances and helicopters reached the scene to evacuate the injured. Temporary medical centres have been built to treat people with minor injuries.

The cause of the disaster was unknown, and an investigation will be conducted.

The accident happened at a busy part of the Dutch rail network, disrupting services between Amsterdam and The Hague and also to Schiphol airport.

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