A Bank holiday train crash at Luttre in belgium on Thursday (15 August) left at fifteen people dead, and seventy injured when several coaches ran off the rails on a canal bridge.
GV PAN crashed train on bridge
GV and MV front of train across track (2 shots)
MV waggon of track and wheels in foreground
MV and SV PAN upside down carriage(2 shots)
SV Interior wrecked carriage
GV and SV entangled wreckage and bridge(2 shots)
GV abd CU seat cushions stacked
MV PAN and SV entangled wreckage
SV belongings beside track
MV body wrapped up
SCU waggon wheels
MV victim on stretcher
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Background: A Bank holiday train crash at Luttre in belgium on Thursday (15 August) left at fifteen people dead, and seventy injured when several coaches ran off the rails on a canal bridge.
According to witnesses, one coach in the middle of the train flipped off the rails for no apparent reason and landed upside down beside the canal. They said some passengers were thrown into the water. The following coach slammed into the side of the iron bridge, ripping out girders and catching fire as the tail of the train telescoped into the wreckage.
The crash, is the worst railway accident in Belgium in recent years. all the casualties are thought to be Belgian. The train was on its way from Charleroi, near Luttre, to Brussels, the Belgian capital, and Antwerp, another major city. Railway officials said they thought there were about 100 passengers on board when the accident happened.
A theory that freak heatwave conditions during the past two days could have bent the track is being investigated by the authorities.
SYNOPSIS: A train crash at Luttre in Belgium on Thursday night left at least fifteen people dead and seventy injured. It was carrying about one hundred passengers when it careered off the track while crossing a canal bridge.
A theory that a freak heatwave during the pst two days cold have bent the track is beige investigated by the authorities, who are searching for a cause for the derailment. The train' speed was reported to be under the limit on that stretch.
The crash is the worst on Belgium's railways in recent years and made a tragic start to the Bank holiday weekend. All the victims are reported to be Belgian. The train was on its way from Charleroi, near the site of the crash, to Brussels and Antwerp.
Eyewitnesses sad some passengers were thrown into the water when one of the coaches flipped off the rains. Another coach burst into flames and hit the bridge.