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Backgrounder: Major train accidents in Belgium since 1960

2010-02-16 10:00 BJT

BRUSSELS, Feb. 15 (Xinhua) -- Two passenger trains collided head-on Monday morning in the Belgian town of Halle, some 15 km southwest of Brussels, killing dozens of people.

The mayor of the town has put the death toll at 20, which could be the worst train crash in the history of Belgium.

The following are major rail accidents in Belgium since 1960.

On Oct. 4, 1967, eleven people were killed in a train accident in a town around 40 km from Brussels.

On Aug. 15, 1974, in the Walloon region of Luttre, about 50 km south of Brussels, 18 were killed and 48 others injured in a train accident.

On June 27, 1976, a train accident killed 11 and injured 38 others in Soignies, 40 km southwest of Brussels.

On July 13, 1982, a train accident in Aalter near Brussels killed five and injured 30 others.

On March 27, 2001, two trains collided head-on in Pecrot, east of Brussels, killing eight and injuring 12 others.

Editor: Zhang Pengfei | Source: Xinhua