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Buizingen rail disaster photos used in Netflix horror movie

20:56 03/01/2019

The SNCB is considering legal action after aerial photos of the 2010 Buizingen railway disaster were used in a Netflix horror movie.

The film Death Note - adapted from the manga series of the same name - features a fictional TV newscast report of a rail crash in Mexico.

But the images, which appear on-screen for just a few seconds, are real photos of the wreckage from when two trains collided near Halle in February 2010, killing 19 people and injuring 310 others.

It is not immediately clear who owns the crash photos - which were shot from a helicopter - or whether Netflix was granted permission to use them.

"We condemn the use of these images, completely out of context," the SNCB said. "It shows no respect for the victims and their loved ones."

Caroline Carpentier, a lawyer at the Brussels Bar, said that although no victim is identifiable in the images, survivors or relatives could sue on the grounds of "an unjustified intrusion into their pain, an invasion of their privacy".

Written by The Bulletin