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Around 130 injured in Amsterdam train collision

(Xinhua) Updated: 2012-04-22 09:00

Around 130 injured in Amsterdam train collision

Rescuers search for victims at the crash site near Amsterdam, April 21, 2012.[Photo/Xinhua]

AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS - Around 130 people were injured in passenger trains collision on Saturday in west side of Amsterdam, capital city of the Netherlands.

The accident happened at around 18:30 (1630 GMT) when the train from Den Helder to Nijmegen and the train from Amsterdam to Uitgeest had a head-on collision. Both trains were damaged.

"Around 130 people were injured, and especially, there are 11 people who have been stuck in the train for long time, we just released them out," a spokesman of the rescue team told Xinhua at location. "The search and rescue is still going on."

According to the Dutch railways company NS, all injured have been out of the trains.

The Dutch police blocked the whole area around the Ambulances and trauma helicopters are at the scene. Temporary medical center have been built to treat some light injured.

National Police earlier said approximately 125 were injured, 56 of them seriously wounded, 13 in a very bad condition. Most of victims suffered broken bones and severe bruises.

The cause of the disaster is still unknown, an investigation will be started.

Due to the collision no trains are driving in the west side of Amsterdam, including the trains to Schiphol Airport.

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