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Passenger Train Derails Near Brussels  02/18 09:29

   BRUSSELS (AP) -- A passenger train derailed and flipped on its side Saturday 
near Brussels, killing one person and injuring up to 20 others, a Belgian 
official said.

   Leuven Mayor Louis Tobback said the person who died in Saturday's accident 
most likely might not have been on the train itself but caught on or near the 
rails. The accident occurred early in the afternoon as the train left the 
Leuven station at slow speed in the direction of Brussels Airport and the 
Belgian capital.

   Photos of the accident showed one passenger car lying on its side. Tobback 
said most of the injured were only slightly hurt.

   All train traffic in and out of Leuven, 20 kilometers (12 miles) east of 
Brussels, was interrupted by the derailing.

   Authorities launched an investigation into the cause of the derailing, which 
was not immediately known.


(KA)

 
 
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