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Injuries in Belgian Train Crash

April 18, 2000

BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) _ Two passenger trains collided in southern Belgium Tuesday leaving several people injured, with at least three reported seriously hurt. A concrete block placed on a rail was believed to have cause the accident.

The crash occurred at Aiseau-Presles outside the city of Charleroi, 40 miles south of Brussels. Local news reports put the number of injured between 13 and 28.

One train appeared to have been derailed by a concrete block, forcing it into the path of an another train coming down the opposition track. Police were investigating if the block had been deliberately placed on the line.

The trains hit head on and both drivers were among those seriously hurt. RTBF television said four passengers had broken bones and others were treated for shock.

The national rail company reported the line between Charleroi and Namur would remain cut until Wednesday morning, with a bus service set up to replace the trains.

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