Several dead in severe train crash in the Czech Republic


Three people – including two train drivers – have died after two passenger trains collided at the village of Milavce in the western Czech Republic, near the border with Germany. Another nearly 50 people have been injured.

According to local media, both Czechs and foreign nationals were injured.

The condition is described as serious for eight of the injured. Several people were evacuated from the accident site by helicopter.

“All passengers have been evacuated from the trains,” Czech national railway operator Sprava Zeleznic wrote on Twitter at lunchtime.

The accident occurred shortly after 8 o’clock on Wednesday morning. Pictures from the site show one of the trains’ locomotives depressed and deformed.

The country’s Minister of Transport Karel Havlícek states on Twitter that one of the trains, a high-speed train traveling from German Munich to Prague, did not obey a stop signal and thus collided with a regional train en route between the Czech cities of Domazlice and Plzen.

“The situation is serious,” Havlícek said on his way to the scene.

Prime Minister Andrej Babis sends condolences to the victims via Twitter and adds that the accident must be investigated.

Last year, three people died in two different train accidents in the country.


Source: Nyteknik – Senaste nytt by www.nyteknik.se.

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