Three dead and dozens injured in a Czech train accident | News

A high-speed train bound for Prague collides with a commuter train, killing the drivers and a female passenger.

At least three people died and more than 40 others were injured when a high-speed train traveling from Munich, Germany, to Prague collided with a commuter passenger train in the Czech Republic, according to local authorities.

Police said the victims of Wednesday’s crash, which happened shortly after 8 a.m. local time (0600 GMT), were the drivers of the two trains and a passenger, all Czech nationals.

Eight passengers were seriously injured in the incident in the town of Milavce, 140 km (87 miles) southwest of Prague, according to the regional rescue service. Several were airlifted to hospital from the crash site.

Ten slightly injured German passengers were transported by ambulance to hospitals in Germany, a Czech medical services coordinator said.

Approximately 50 passengers in total sustained minor injuries that did not require immediate treatment. National police said every passenger on board was accounted for.

Czech Transport Minister Karel Havlicek, who was on the scene, tweeted that human error likely caused the crash.

He claimed the driver of the high-speed train “passed through a signal that said Stop”.

“The situation is serious,” Havlicek said.

Television footage from Czech television showed the shattered driver’s cab of the fast train locomotive, as well as the front end of the local train.

Both trains remained standing on or near the tracks.

Jose P. Rogers