Two people are killed and up to 50 injured after trains collide in Czech Republic
Two people have been killed and up to 50 injured after two trains smashed into each other in the Czech Republic.
A high-speed train connecting the Czech city of Plzen with Munich and a local passenger train smashed into each other head-on shortly after 8am in the rural southwest.
Firefighters said that up to 50 were wounded in the crash which left the front end of one train carriage obliterated, with its wheels mangled and cabin crushed.
Dozens of ambulances and police cars were parked up in the grassy fields beside the tracks and rescue helicopters were seen buzzing overhead close to the Czech village of Milavce around 10 miles from the German border.
Czech transport minister Karel Havlicek said human error likely caused the crash. He said the driver of the high-speed train had failed to stop at a designated location.
Firefighters inspect the mangled end of a train carriage. Its wheels are badly bent out of shape and the carriage appears to have been obliterated by the crash which occurred at 8am Wednesday outside the village of Milavce close to the Czech Republic’s German border
Firefighters are seen around the mangled end of one of the train carriages involved in the collision in the town of Milavce in the southwest of the Czech Republic
‘The situation is serious,’ said Havlicek, who was heading to the site.
Seven people were in critical condition and rescue teams, including ambulances from neighbouring Germany, have been rushing people to hospitals in nearby cities.
Firefighters gathered around an obliterated train carriage which had badly mangled wheels as they searched the wreckage for survivors.
Fire brigade chief Jaroslav Hrdlicka told local media the trains were involved in a head-on collision and that they were still searching for one missing person.
‘There was a head-on collision between two trains. The rescue was done by simple means, we did not have to use a hydraulic rescue device. 하나, we are trying to secure access to the demolished cabin of the train,’ the fireman said.
The local village provided some of the injured people with shelter in the community centre while the more gravely wounded were rushed to larger hospitals.