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Train Collision in Belgium Kills Three

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Rescue workers stand near the wreckage of a train crash in Hermalle-sous-Huy, near Liege, Belgium on Monday, June 6, 2016.

Rescue workers stand near the wreckage of a train crash in Hermalle-sous-Huy, near Liege, Belgium on Monday, June 6, 2016.

Three people in eastern Belgium died on Sunday night after the passenger train they were riding on collided with the back of a freight train at high speed.

Belgian media is reporting that 40 more people were injured in the accident that occurred in eastern Liege province at Hermalle-sous-Huy, near the Meuse River.

Frederic Sacre, spokesman for Infrabel, the company that manages Belgium's rail network said the two trains were travelling on the same track. Francis Dejon, mayor of Saint-Georges-sur-Meuse, called the accident “very violent.”

Local media report that the passenger train was travelling at a speed of roughly 90 KPH when it rear-ended the freight train, derailing two of its six cars, which then tumbled over onto their sides.

All passengers were freed from the wreckage within hours of the accident. Some of the survivors were taken to a nearby abbey, while others sought shelter in a local sports center.

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