Four Children Killed in Netherlands as Train Hits ‘Cargo’ Bicycle

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Rescue personnel work at the scene where a train struck a "cargo bicycle" popular with Dutch parents to transport their children at the city of Oss, Netherlands, September 20, 2018. REUTERS/Piroschka van de Wouw
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AMSTERDAM (Reuters)

Four children were killed and two people were wounded when a train struck a “cargo” bicycle, widely used by Dutch parents to transport their children, police said on Thursday

The accident occurred in the eastern city of Oss, near the German border.

Police said the cargo bike was electrically powered and had been transporting the children from a pre-school centre to school when the accident occurred. There were numerous witnesses, including other school-age children, police said.

 

Rescue personnel work at the scene where a train struck a "cargo bicycle" popular with Dutch parents to transport their children at the city of Oss
Rescue personnel work at the scene where a train struck a “cargo bicycle” popular with Dutch parents to transport their children at the city of Oss, Netherlands, September 20, 2018. REUTERS/Piroschka van de Wouw

 

The two injured people have been taken to a nearby hospital, where they are in critical condition.

“We have informed the families involved of this terrible news,” police said in a statement. “We are investigating how this could have happened.”

 

(Reporting by Toby Sterling; Editing by Hugh Lawson)

 

 

Rescue personnel work at the scene where a train struck a "cargo bicycle" popular with Dutch parents to transport their children at the city of Oss
Rescue personnel work at the scene where a train struck a “cargo bicycle” popular with Dutch parents to transport their children at the city of Oss, Netherlands, September 20, 2018. REUTERS/Piroschka van de Wouw

 

Rescue personnel work at the scene where a train struck a "cargo bicycle" popular with Dutch parents to transport their children at the city of Oss
Rescue personnel work at the scene where a train struck a “cargo bicycle” popular with Dutch parents to transport their children at the city of Oss, Netherlands, September 20, 2018. REUTERS/Piroschka van de Wouw

 

Rescue personnel work at the scene where a train struck a "cargo bicycle" popular with Dutch parents to transport their children in Oss
Rescue personnel work at the scene where a train struck a “cargo bicycle” popular with Dutch parents to transport their children in Oss, Netherlands, September 20, 2018 in this picture obtained from social media. DONNY KOOYMAN/via REUTERS