THE HAGUE: Four children were killed and two people seriously injured on Thursday in a collision between a train and a cargo bike in the Netherlands, Dutch police said.
The accident happened in Oss, a town near the German border around 110 kilometres (65 miles) southeast of the capital Amsterdam.
“It is really a terrible accident,” said a spokesman for the national railways service NS.
Police confirmed that the train from the eastern town of Nijmegen to nearby Den Bosch collided with the three-wheeler bike which was carrying children.
“Four children were killed in the accident. Emergency services are still at the scene,” police in Brabant province said on Twitter.
A woman and another child were seriously injured.
Cargo bikes — bikes with a large box on the front used for carrying children or shopping — are a common sight in the Netherlands, where cycling is a way of life.