Belgian media are reporting that three people were killed and about 40 others were injured as a result of a train collision.

According to RTBF state broadcasting, a passenger train struck a freight train late Sunday night in eastern Liege province in Hermalle-sous-Huy.

Belgian media quoted the mayor of the commune of Saint-Georges-sur-Meuse, Francis Dejon, as saying the collision had been "very violent."

The mayor said three people were killed and about 40 had been hurt, but added that those numbers could change.

Survivors were taken to a local sports center, where they were being offered psychological counseling.