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Updated: February 16, 2010 15:31 IST

Belgian train driver survives crash

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Rescue workers work in and around two passenger trains that collided in Halle, Belgium, on Monday. Photo: AP.
Rescue workers work in and around two passenger trains that collided in Halle, Belgium, on Monday. Photo: AP.

Belgian railway officials say one of the drivers of two trains that collided outside Brussels with the loss at least 18 lives has survived the crash with serious injuries.

Rescuers are resuming the search for more victims in the wreckage of the two commuter trains that collided on Monday in one of the deadliest rail accidents in Belgian history.

National Railways spokesman Jochen Goovaerts, says police will question the driver when his condition allows it.

Belgian police investigators will examine the black boxes of the two trains to try to determine whether mechanical failure, human error or weather conditions were primarily responsible for the crash on Monday near a suburban station 15 kilometers (nine miles) south of Brussels.

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