I.In the west of the Czech Republic, an express train from a German private railway collided with a Czech regional train on Wednesday morning. At least three people were killed in the accident, including the two train drivers, and another five people were seriously injured and fought for their lives. A double-digit number of people was injured, but not life-threatening, said a spokeswoman for the Czech regional rescue forces.
The Länderbahn company announced that shortly after eight o’clock in the morning there had been a serious collision between an “alex” train from Munich to Prague and a Czech regional train in Radonice near Domazlice. Rescue services and the emergency managers of the state-owned Czech railway České Drahy (CD) are on site, and the Länderbahn has also dispatched German and Czech emergency managers to the accident site. An emergency telephone number (0341 9135 4040) has been set up for relatives.
The Czech Minister of Industry, Trade and Transport, Karel Havlíček, announced that he was on the way to the scene of the accident. Via the Twitter service, he stated that the express train from Munich had disregarded a train signal at Radonice that read “Stop” and had then collided with the other passenger train. The Länderbahn pointed out that the “alex” traffic on the Czech side is the responsibility of the CD.
According to the regional emergency manager Maria Svobodová, four helicopters from Prague, Hradec Kralová (Königgräz), Pilsen and the South Bohemian region had been ordered to the scene of the accident. Ambulance vehicles have also come to the rescue from Germany. The third person whose death was reported is a woman from the Czech regional train. The two train drivers are Czech. As early as the summer of 2020, there was a head-on collision between two passenger trains in western Bohemia, killing two people and injuring 24 people.