Up To 25 Dead In Belgian Commuter Train Crash

Officials say two commuter trains collided head-on at rush hour in a Brussels suburb Monday, killing 20 people.

The trains collided in snowy conditions just outside of the station at Buizingen around 8:30 a.m..

"The most recent information we have is that 20 people died," town Mayor Dirk Pieters told the VRT radio network. "I base this on what the police and firefighters tell me."

There was no immediate word on the number of injured.

Television reports showed that the force of the collision pushed the first car of each train up off the tracks. The cars ended up resting against each other.

VRT reported some victims were hospitalized and others were treated at a nearby sports complex.

The crash caused great damage to overhead power lines and rail traffic from Brussels to southwestern Belgium was halted.

There was no immediate word on the cause of the crash.

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