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Train driver killed as passenger service slams into crane on crossing

Published 23/02/2016

A commuter train has derailed after slamming into a crane crossing the tracks in the Netherlands, killing the train's driver and injuring seven passengers.

Police said they detained the driver of the crane for questioning as part of their investigation into the cause of the crash.

The accident left the train's four carriages lying on their sides scattered in waterlogged fields and across the rails outside the town of Dalfsen, 80 miles east of Amsterdam.

Dalfsen mayor Hans Noten said the train was almost empty.

"In the rush hour, this train would have been totally full," he said.

Mr Noten said the train, which was travelling between the eastern cities of Emmen and Zwolle, was at full speed when it crashed into the crane, though he did not elaborate on how fast it was moving.

The crash happened at a rail crossing with barriers that should stop road traffic as trains pass, according to Prorail, the company that manages the Dutch railway network. Investigators are at the scene to establish the cause.

Mr Noten said the train's driver had been confirmed dead. Two injured people were taken to hospital and five more were treated at the scene and released.

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