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Passenger trains collide in Amsterdam: 117 people injured

DutchAmsterdam.nl — 117 people were injured – 42 seriously – after two passenger trains collided in Amsterdam on Saturday evening. Police sources say 12 passengers are in a very serious condition.

An express train on its way from Den Helder collided with a sprinter train to Uitgeest just before 6:30 pm local time near Amsterdam Central station.

The accident took place on Singelgrachtbrug, just a few minutes west of the train station.

The blue marker on the left indicates Singelgrachtbrug (bridge), while the train icon on the right indicates the location of Amsterdam Central Station.
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An Intercity express train stops at all major train stations, whereas a Sprinter trains stops at all stations.

Local residents say that one of the trains sounded a lengthy signal, followed by a loud crash. Eyewitnesses say neither train was traveling at a fast speed.

Transport Inspectorate has launched an inquiry into the cause of the accident.

Material damage is great, and as a result of the accident there is a major disruption to rail travel, particularly west of the city.

Travel to and from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

Train traffic between Amsterdam and Schiphol Airport has been suspended, as have the train services between Amsterdam-Zaandam and Amsterdam-Haarlem.

People who need to travel between the airport and Central Station are advised to take train on the Duivendrecht train line. Alternatively, use buslines or taxis.

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The accident as reported on the website of De Telegraaf
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