Dutch train derails after hitting hydraulic crane

14:47, 23 February 2016
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A passenger train has derailed near the Dutch town of Dalfsen, leaving one person dead, officials say, according to the BBC.


The train hit a hydraulic crane on a crossing, tilted over and went into a field, leaving several carriages lying on their sides, the BBC reported.

Residents said the crane had been crossing the line, east of the city of Zwolle, when the train ran into it.

Witnesses said the train driver had been killed but there was no immediate confirmation from the operator, Arriva.

Mayor Han Noten told Dutch media that 10 to 15 people had been on board at the time of the crash, shortly before 09:00 (08:00 GMT).

Emergency services said some managed to clamber out of the carriages but they were searching the wreckage for anyone still trapped.

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