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Author Topic: Czech Republic train crash: Two killed, dozens injured after trains collide  (Read 645 times)
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« on: August 04, 2021, 11:56:42 am »

From the Evening Standard via MSN News

Two people died and more than 40 were injured when a fast train from Munich collided with a commuter passenger train in the Czech Republic on Wednesday.

Four people who were seriously injured were taken away by helicopter and seven others required surgery, while 31 suffered minor injuries in the crash near the western Czech town of Domazlice, the regional rescue service said.

Czech transport minister Karel Havlicek said on Twitter one of the trains involved was the Ex 351, which according to Czech Railways website is a fast train from Munich to Prague.

He said human error was likely to have caused the crash and that the high-speed train had failed to stop at a designated location.

“The situation is serious,” he added.

Police confirmed the tragedy happened shortly after 8am in the town of Milavce.

TV footage on Czech television showed the smashed driver’s cabin of the fast train‘s locomotive, as well as the front part of the local train.

Commander Jaroslav Hrdlicka of the regional fire department said rescue workers were still looking for one missing person in the wreckage.
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« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2021, 12:25:50 pm »

From CT24 (via Google Translate):
On the track in the village of Milavče in the Domažlice region, an international express train from Germany collided with a regional passenger train on Wednesday, shortly after eight o'clock. Three people died, dozens more were injured, some severely. All components of the rescue system, including four helicopters, intervened. The evening Interview of ČT24 with the director of the Railway Administration Jiří Svoboda will also address the topic.

The accident occurred on line number 180 connecting Pilsen and Bavarian Munich, when the Western Express traveling from Bavaria to Prague collided with a RegioShark passenger train on the route between Pilsen and Domažlice. Both connections are operated by Czech Railways.

"At 8:06 they were to meet at the Radonice [turnout passing loop], which is an estimated four kilometers from Domažlice. The Western Express apparently did not wait for the [crucifixion trains to pass]in Radonice and set off in the opposite direction [to the other train] on a single-track line towards Pilsen. The trains apparently collided there, "explains ČT24 reporter Jan Beránek.

This was also confirmed by the Minister of Transport Karel Havlíček (for YES), when he stated at the scene of the accident that “according to all indications the driver of the express train coming from Munich with a passenger train ’.

The victims of the accident [as initially reported] are both train drivers

Three people lost their lives: both train drivers and a woman who was a passenger.
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« Reply #2 on: August 04, 2021, 12:27:42 pm »

Another single line incident of a German rail related service

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