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Woman injured in train crash dies; cause of accident still unknown

DutchAmsterdam.nl – A 68-year-old woman who was injured in yesterday’s train crash has succumbed to her injuries, the municipality of Amsterdam today announced.

16 people are still hospitalized.

According to the City, 117 people were injured in the crash. After the accident the number of victims was variously reported as 136, 125, or 117.

At a joint press conference today at 2 pm, Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS, Dutch Railways — the principal passenger railway operator in the Netherlands) and ProRail (a government task organisation that takes care of maintenance and extensions of the national railway network infrastructure, of allocating rail capacity, and of traffic control) informed the press that the cause of the accident is not yet known.

NS CEO Bert Meerstadt says the trains were equipped with black boxes, which are being studied to determine among other things whether both trains were moving at the time of the crash.

Investigators worked throughout the night at the scene of the accident, and this morning the sprinter stop train was towed away.

Tonight the intercity express train will be towed away as well.

Throughout most of Sunday train traffic west of Amsterdam still experiences significant delays, and passengers who need to travel to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol were advised to do so via the Duivendrecht station.

NS says train traffic should be back on schedule by this evening.

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Last updated: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 9:18 AM, Central European Time (CET)   
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