September 20, 2018 / 7:37 AM / a month ago

Four children killed in Netherlands as train hits 'cargo' bicycle

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.

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

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

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

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