Three people have died and nine others injured in a train crash that occurred at 11:00 pm (9 p.m. GMT) in a Belgian town, Hemalle-sous Huy, not too far from Leige.

According to reports from Belgium’s Rail Infrastructure Manager, Infrabel, the crash occurred due to the train’s high speed – the train was travelling at 90km/hr.

The passenger train crashed into a goods train, with both trains on the same track. Two of the six cars the cargo train was carrying derailed and tumbled on their sides.

According to a local mayor, the passenger train which had about 40 passengers was in a terrible state and it was fortunate that there were not more victims.

Belgian Prime Minister, Charles Michel has sent his condolences to families of the victims, while he wished the injured speedy recovery, via twitter.

Investigation have since began into the cause of the accident. Infrabel said: “The investigation into the case of the rail crash is fully underway.

“The lightning strike’s a possible line of inquiry, but there are still safety systems which are supposed to come into place.”

According to local sources, Police and Firefighters from the nearby city of Liege were dispatched to the scene to assist and survivors were taken to a sports center, where they are being offered psychological counseling.

Author: Ope Adedeji