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One dead, several injured after train in Netherlands slams into crane on crossing and derails

In this image from video, emergency services attend the scene after a commuter train derailed after slamming into a crane which was crossing the tracks early Tuesday Feb. 23, 2016, near to Dalfsen, about 125 kilometers (78 miles) east of Amsterdam, in the eastern Netherlands. (SPS MEDIA via AP)
In this image from video, emergency services attend the scene after a commuter train derailed after slamming into a crane which was crossing the tracks early Tuesday Feb. 23, 2016, near to Dalfsen, about 125 kilometers (78 miles) east of Amsterdam, in the eastern Netherlands. (SPS MEDIA via AP)
A derailed Dutch passenger train is seen in Dalfsen, Netherlands, in this still image from a video released February 23, 2016. The train derailed on Tuesday after hitting a maintenance crane during rush hour, killing one person and injuring several others, local media reported. REUTERS/NOS via Reuters TV
A derailed Dutch passenger train is seen in Dalfsen, Netherlands, in this still image from a video released February 23, 2016. The train derailed on Tuesday after hitting a maintenance crane during rush hour, killing one person and injuring several others, local media reported. REUTERS/NOS via Reuters TV
Emergency workers are seen next to a derailed Dutch passenger train in Dalfsen, Netherlands, in this still image from a video released February 23, 2016. REUTERS/NOS via Reuters
Emergency workers are seen next to a derailed Dutch passenger train in Dalfsen, Netherlands, in this still image from a video released February 23, 2016. REUTERS/NOS via Reuters
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One person has died and a number of passengers have been injured after a train slammed into a crane on a crossing and derailed, emergency services in the Netherlands said.

Four carriages were left lying on their side on or near the rails after the accident near the central Dutch town of Dalfsen, which happened at around 9am local time (0800 GMT) on Tuesday.

The local security services said in a tweet that one person was confirmed dead and a number of passengers were injured. It did not give further details.

Local mayor Han Noten told Dutch broadcaster NOS that there were not many passengers on the train.

In this image from video, emergency services attend the scene after a commuter train derailed after slamming into a crane which was crossing the tracks early Tuesday Feb. 23, 2016, near to Dalfsen, about 125 kilometers (78 miles) east of Amsterdam, in the eastern Netherlands. (SPS MEDIA via AP)
In this image from video, emergency services attend the scene after a commuter train derailed after slamming into a crane which was crossing the tracks early Tuesday Feb. 23, 2016, near to Dalfsen, about 125 kilometers (78 miles) east of Amsterdam, in the eastern Netherlands. (SPS MEDIA via AP)

Dalfsen is some 78 miles (125km) east of Amsterdam.

Investigators were heading to the scene to establish the cause of the crash.

A derailed Dutch passenger train is seen in Dalfsen, Netherlands, in this still image from a video released February 23, 2016. The train derailed on Tuesday after hitting a maintenance crane during rush hour, killing one person and injuring several others, local media reported. REUTERS/NOS via Reuters TV
A derailed Dutch passenger train is seen in Dalfsen, Netherlands, in this still image from a video released February 23, 2016. The train derailed on Tuesday after hitting a maintenance crane during rush hour, killing one person and injuring several others, local media reported. REUTERS/NOS via Reuters TV

The crash happened at a crossing as the train was travelling between the eastern cities of Emmen and Zwolle, according to Prorail, the company that manages the Dutch railway network.

Emergency workers are seen next to a derailed Dutch passenger train in Dalfsen, Netherlands, in this still image from a video released February 23, 2016. REUTERS/NOS via Reuters
Emergency workers are seen next to a derailed Dutch passenger train in Dalfsen, Netherlands, in this still image from a video released February 23, 2016. REUTERS/NOS via Reuters

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