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4 Kids Dead When 'Cargo Bike' Is Struck by Train

The electric bicycle was taking the kids to school
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 20, 2018 7:11 AM CDT
Emergency services attend the scene after a train collided with a cargo bike in the Netherlands.   (AP Photo/Charles Mallo)
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(Newser) – Four children were killed and two other people were critically injured Thursday after a train slammed into an electric cargo bike in the Netherlands, per the AP. Police said the accident happened on a railway line in the town of Oss, about 60 miles southeast of Amsterdam, at a rail crossing close to the town's railway station. The crossing has warning lights, and red and white barriers to keep pedestrians off tracks when trains pass. Police said the electric bike belonged to a children's day care center and was taking children to school when the collision happened. Investigations were underway to establish the cause.

The two critically injured victims were taken to a local hospital. Cargo bikes, which have a large wooden or plastic box mounted to the frame in front of the rider, were formerly used for transporting goods but are now popular among Dutch parents for carrying young children. ProRail, the company responsible for rail infrastructure in the Netherlands, said in a statement that the cause of the collision is under investigation. "This is a very dark day, terrible for the next of kin and those involved," said ProRail CEO Pier Eringa. "There are no words to describe this."

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