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February 22, 2016

One person killed and seven injured by train derailment in Netherlands

A derailed passenger train near Dalfsen, Netherlands, has left one person dead and seven people injured.

A derailed passenger train near Dalfsen, Netherlands, has left one person dead and seven people injured.

The collision happened after it collided with a hydraulic crane on a crossing, after which the commuter train tilted over and went into a field, leaving four of its carriages lying on their sides.

According to Dalfsen mayor Han Noten, the crane operator was unharmed and has been arrested by police for questioning.

"The crane operator was unharmed and has been arrested by police for questioning."

It is also reported that a criminal investigation has been opened into why the crane was on the track.

According to Noten, the train was ‘travelling at speed’ at the time of collision and the crane was moving over a ‘secure crossing’.

At the time of collision, which happened around 8:45am, it was reported that there were around ten to 15 people on board.

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Heading east from Zwolle, the train is operated by Arriva, a subsidiary of Germany’s Deutsche Bahn.

According to residents of Dalfsen, the crane had been crossing the line, east of Zwolle, when the train ran into it.

Noten was quoted by AFP as saying that: "There were not many people on the train, adding that the service is often full in the evening, but relatively empty in the morning."

It is expected that train services along the route have been reduced and the disruption could last several days.

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