Dutch train crash: Woman dies of her injuries

Passenger Giovanni Laisina said the trains were busy because the shops had just closed

A 68-year-old woman has died of injuries in a head-on collision between two trains near the Dutch city of Amsterdam on Saturday, officials say.

Amsterdam Mayor Eberhard van der Laan said 16 other people seriously injured in the crash remained in hospital.

In all, 117 people were hurt in the accident, which happened near Sloterdijk, to the west of the city.

Services were disrupted between Amsterdam and The Hague, and also to Schiphol airport.

The name of the victim was not given but she was said to be from the eastern Netherlands.

Bert Meerstadt, director of national rail operator NS, declined to speculate on what had caused the collision.

Crash investigators, he said, would study "black box" recorders on both trains.

Two separate investigations will focus on whether human error or a mechanical problem led to the collision.

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