1 dead, dozens injured after train carrying construction equipment derails in Netherlands

Many people who were seriously injured in the incident are being treated at the scene.

LONDON – One person was killed and at least 30 others were “seriously injured” when a passenger train carrying at least 50 people derailed after colliding with construction equipment in the Netherlands.

The train derailed after hitting a construction crane on the tracks at 3:30 a.m. local time Tuesday near Voorsoden, a village between The Hague and Amsterdam, a Dutch Railways spokesman told ABC News.

It is currently unclear why the construction equipment was on the tracks, but the accident is under investigation.

Dozens of people injured in the incident are being treated at the scene, and others with serious injuries were rushed to local area hospitals, officials said.

Pictures show people using makeshift bridges and ladders to cross a narrow drainage canal running near the tracks to reach the stricken four-coach passenger train in the dark.

Specialists are currently working to secure the train and the public has been asked to stay away from the accident site at this time.

ABC News’ Will Gretzky and Aicha El Hammar contributed to this report.

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