Father kills self and 4-year-old son by jumping in front of oncoming train

Dutch police officers (Stock Photo: Politie)Dutch police officers (Stock Photo: Politie)

A 46-year-old man from Zoetermeer killed himself and his 4-year-old son by jumping in front of an oncoming train in Haarle, Overijssel on Saturday night, the police said in a statement.

Around 9:30 p.m. the police received a report of a suicide on the rails near Oude Deventerweg in Haarle. A few minutes later a man and his son were reported missing from a vacation home on a bungalow park in the area. At the rails, responding officers found the bodies of a man and a child. They were identified as the two missing from the bungalow park.

A witness saw the man, with the young boy in his arms, jumping in front of the oncoming train, the police said.

Zoetermeer mayor Charlie Aptroot called this incident "deeply sad" on Facebook and Twitter. "I sympathize intensely. Spoken to the family, for all of them unimaginable", he said.