One person dead, up to 25 injured in train derailment in Belgium
In the immediate aftermath of the accident, the Leuven Fire Department confirmed to local media that two people were in critical condition and 23 others had been injured. Fourteen people were transferred to local hospitals for treatment.
“The victim who died was not on the train,” Leuven Mayor Louis Tobback told VTM on Saturday. “A judicial inquiry should determine what that person was doing there,” he added.
The accident happened as the train was departing Leuven station at a slow speed heading towards the Belgian capital, Brussels. It is reported that there were up to 60 passengers on the train.
"The train derailed around 12:20 GMT hours at the departure from the station of Leuven, in the transition area a few hundred meters past the platform," a spokesman for Belgium's railway company, Infrabel, told De Standaard.
Leuven Police confirmed that 50 people were evacuated from the scene of the crash, with several treated for minor injuries.
Een 50-tal geëvacueerde reizigers van de ontspoorde trein in #Leuven worden tijdelijk opgevangen in het Politiehuis aan de Philipssite.— Politie Leuven (@PolitieLeuven) February 18, 2017
Belgium’s Prime Minister Charles Michel took to Twitter en route to the scene of the crash site to thank the emergency services.
“Condolences to victims and family members of the train accident in #Leuven. Thanks to the emergency services for rapid intervention,” Belgium’s Prime Minister Charles Michel said on Twitter.
Medeleven met slachtoffers en familieleden van het treinongeval in #Leuven. Dank aan de hulpdiensten voor snelle interventie.— Charles Michel (@CharlesMichel) February 18, 2017