(Edited from AP, Brussels) Belgian railway officials say police will question the engineer of the train that smashed into another commuter train, as rescuers resume the search for victims in the wreckage of one of the deadliest accidents on Belgian rails.

 National Railways spokesman Jochen Goovaerts says the driver of the second train was one of 18 people known to have died in the head-on collision. He said the survivor is badly injured.

(Edited from AP, Brussels) Belgian railway officials say police will question the engineer of the train that smashed into another commuter train, as rescuers resume the search for victims in the wreckage of one of the deadliest accidents on Belgian rails.

 

National Railways spokesman Jochen Goovaerts says the driver of the second train was one of 18 people known to have died in the head-on collision. He said the survivor is badly injured.

 

Belgian police investigators will examine the black boxes of the two trains to try to determine whether mechanical failure, human error or weather conditions was primarily responsible for the crash. The trains, carrying a total of about 300 passengers, collided in light snow just outside of the station at Buizingen about 9 miles (15 kilometers) from Brussels around 8:30 a.m. (0730 GMT). Officials said 80 people were injured, 20 of them seriously in Monday’s crash. The death toll — 15 men and 3 women — was not considered final.

 

The impact peeled away the front of one train car and threw at least one other off the tracks, severing the limbs of some passengers, witnesses and officials said. One engine was thrust high into the air and snapped overhead power lines.

 

When we came out we saw dead bodies lying next to the tracks, some mutilated,” said Patricia Lallemand, 40, who was in a middle car of one train and was unhurt.

 

Lodewijk De Witte, the governor of the province of Flemish Brabant, told reporters one train “apparently did not heed a stop light.”

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