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Dutch train smash possibly human error

2012-04-23 21:44

Amsterdam - Human error may have caused the head-on train collision in the Netherlands at the weekend, Dutch Transport Minister Melanie Schulz said on Monday.

An initial investigation indicated the driver of the regional train may have missed a stop signal, Schulz said.

The regional train and a high-speed train collided on Saturday evening in Amsterdam, injuring 117 people. A 68-year-old Dutch woman died of her injuries on Sunday. On Monday, 16 seriously injured remained in the hospital.

However, Schulz stressed that the cause of the collision will not be known for certain until a full investigation has been completed.

The Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant reported in the online edition of the paper that one of their reporters, Hein Janssen, was on the regional train at the time of the collision.

Janssen said the driver of the regional train came out of her cab shortly after the impact and said: "I'm afraid I may have run a red light."

Janssen was sitting in a compartment directly behind the driver.