In the west of the country, the Munich-Prague high-speed train collides with a local convoy. The Minister of Transport: “Serious situation”
In the collision between a train from Munich and a passenger train in the Czech Republic, 38 people were injured, of which 7 are in danger of life. Three victims confirmed by the police. This was reported by Bild which takes over the Czech agency CTK. Four helicopters and many rescue teams are in action on the site. The incident occurred near the border with Germany. “The situation is serious,” said Czech transport minister Karel Havlicek.
Police explained that the incident occurred shortly after 8 am local time in the city of Milavce. Czech railways said an international high-speed train connecting the western Czech city of Plzen with Munich in Germany and a local passenger train were involved in the collision.
Regional firefighters said at least two people died. Dozens of people were injured, five of them seriously, firefighters from the Plzen region said in a statement. Four helicopters were transporting the wounded to nearby hospitals. Czech Transport Minister Karel Havlicek said it was likely that the accident was caused by human error and reported that the driver of the high-speed train was unable to stop at a designated place: “The Ex 351 passed through a sign indicating Stop … and collided with a passenger train. ‘
The victims of the accident are the drivers of the two trains and a woman who traveled on the regional train. This is the biggest train accident since last summer (7 July), when a head-on collision between two trains on the single-track line in the Karlovy Vary region (to the west) left two dead and 24 injured. In another accident that took place last July 14 on the outskirts of Ceskì Brod (Central Bohemia), where a passenger train crashed into a stationary express, caused one victim and 35 injured. Another collision, between a passenger train going from Klatovy to Domazlice | (west) on 9 September last year, and a train consisting of a locomotive and a wagon, left 19 injured.