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Children admit to derailing train

  : Wednesday April 20, 2000
Three boys aged between 8 and 13 have admitted to causing a train crash in
Charleroi 18 April 2000
photo: Reuters
which one person was killed and 22 others injured Tuesday April 18.
The are said to have wedged pieces of concrete into the mechanism of a set of points (switches) and then placed a concrete block onto the line. This derailed a train into the path of an oncoming train on another track. They had earlier placed a piece of concrete in the path of another train. The train however only broke the concrete and did not derail.

The boys ages are 8, 9 and 13. The two younger children are brothers.

The driver of the oncoming train died shortly after the collision and the driver of the derailed train is said to be in a serious condition. Two more railwaymen were also seriously hurt.

The incident occured near Charleroi on the Namur-Charleroi which carries traffic between Paris and Cologne.

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Earlier story
3 boys charged with derailing train
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Web sources:
Children admit to sabotaging Belgian train
ABC 19 Apr 2000
Three Boys Charged With Belgian Train Crash
Yahoo 19 Apr 2000
Boys Suspected in Belgium Crash
Yahoo 19 Apr 2000
Concrete Block on Track Causes Belgian Train Crash
Yahoo 19 Apr 2000


SNCB (Belgian Railways)

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