Near the Bavarian border: dead and injured in a severe train collision in the Czech Republic

Photo: Josef Vostarek / imago images / CTK Photo In Czech Republic two passenger trains collided on Wednesday morning. According to the first information there are at least two deaths and up to 50 Injured.

“We can confirm that two people died at the scene of the accident,” said the Czech police on Twitter.

According to the police, the accident occurred near Domazlice in the southwest of the country near the border to Bavaria . The trains affected are the express train , that of Ceske Kubice was on the way to Prague , and a passenger train between Pilsen (Plzen) and Domazlice.

“The situation is serious, I’m on my way to the scene of the accident” , announced the Czech Transport Minister Karel Havlicek. According to initial findings, the Munich-Prague express train passed a stop signal at Domazlice (Taus) near the German border. He then collided with the local train, a so-called RegioShark. The latter operates on the Pilsen-Domazlice route.

dozens of rescue workers and four helicopters were on site to care for the injured and bring them to hospitals. Help also came from Germany.

Accidents happen again and again on Czech railways. The security technology is considered out of date in many places. The government has launched a modernization program. Only a year ago two trains collided head-on in the Ore Mountains near the German border. Two people died, including a German.

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