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Head-on collision kills 3

  : Thursday, March 2, 2000
Three people were killed and 28 injured in
photo: AP
western Denmark today (2 March) when a moving train collided with another that was stationary.

The accident occurred at about 07:15 local time at Koelkaer station.

One of the trains, a local service from Herning was standing in the station on a loop line. The other train, travelling between Fredericia and Herning and travelling at high speed should have passed through the station on the main line. However, it was diverted into the loop ocupied by the local.

Those who were killed were the drivers of each of the trains and a woman passenger. Eight of the people who were hurt suffered serious injuries. All the injured were taken to hospital in Herning. It is thought that a total of about 70 people were travelling in the trains.

The cause of the collision is under investigation. There is no automatic safety system in the area, although much of the rail network in Denmark is equipped with ATC (Automatic Train Control).

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