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Eight die in Belgian rail crash

FRANTIC ATTEMPTS to stop a train on the wrong tracks failed to avert an accident that killed eight people in Belgium on Tuesday. Initial reports suggested that one of the drivers may have passed a red signal and carried on for several kilometres on the wrong track at Pecrot, 26km east of Brussels. Attempts to stop the train by cutting off the track power came too late to avert the tragedy. The empty passenger train crashed head on into another travelling from Leuven carrying around 80 people at 6.45am local time. One train piggybacked onto the other, crushing carriages and killing both drivers, two conductors and four passengers, while seriously injuring seven others.

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