Two people were killed in a train accident in the west of the Czech Republic on Wednesday morning, Czech police said. 48 people were injured, according to public news channel CT24. Four of them are in serious condition, six others have to be treated in hospital for their injuries.
Two passenger trains collided head-on just after 8 a.m. near the town of Milavce, southwest of the city of Pilsen and near the German border. One of the trains, operating an international high-speed service between Prague and Munich, ran a red signal, according to Transport Minister Karel Havlícek.
Emergency services have rushed to the scene of the accident. A nearby hospital has canceled all operations and made beds to accommodate the injured.
Last summer there were already several serious accidents on the Czech railway. Start of July collided near the town of Karlsbad two passenger trains, in which two people were killed. A week later, things went wrong in Cesky Brod, west of Prague: a passenger train ran on top of a stationary freight train. The driver of the passenger train did not survive.
Pictures of the accident site:
Jde o největší železniční nehodu od minulého léta, kdy si desítky zraněných vyžádala čelní srážka dvou osobníchvlaků na jednokolejné trati u obce Pervarskunink na Karlovars. pic.twitter.com/B8obq3rqhF
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