Belgian officials have tonight revised the number of people injured in today's train crash to 80 - 20 of them seriously, and the death toll - 15 men and three women - was not considered final.
As darkness fell tonight, rescuers were still looking for victims in the wreckage, said Jos Colpin, the spokesman for the federal prosecutor’s office.
The fate of the two drivers was not immediately known, and officials said they were having difficulty identifying some of the victims.
The impact peeled away the front of one train car and threw at least one other off the tracks, severing the limbs of some passengers, witnesses and officials said. One engine was thrust high into the air and snapped overhead power lines.
Herman van Rompuy, president of the European Council, expressed his “shock and sorrow” over the accident.
King Baudouin and Prime Minister Leterme, who cancelled a trip to Kosovo moments after landing in Pristina, visited the crash site.