Train derailed near Dutch city of Winsum

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Several people have been injured after a train derailed in Holland when it hit a milk truck, it has emerged.

The lorry was leaving a farm in Winsum, 125 miles northeast of Amsterdam, and is believed to have been crossing an unguarded section of railway when the collision happened.

Groningen police said on their Twitter account that ‘several are believed to be injured’ but that the driver had escaped unhurt.

The post said the milk truck was ‘probably driving over an unguarded railway crossing when it was hit by an oncoming train.’

Such crossings are common in the rural north of the Netherlands.

Emergency services say that the front carriage of the train derailed. It was not immediately clear how many people were on board the train.

Dramatic pictures from the scene show rescue teams working at the scene and the train leaning over above a rail-side ditch.

One person was taken to hospital for treatment, local authorities said in a tweet. Several people were treated at the scene for minor injuries.

In February, a train driver was killed and seven passengers were injured when a commuter train slammed into a crane as it crossed the tracks in the eastern Netherlands.