Two people were killed, seven were seriously injured, and they are in critical condition.
Two passenger trains collided on Wednesday near the village of Milavce near the city of Domazlice in the west of the Czech Republic. Dozens of people were injured. This was reported to journalists by the representative of the united service of rescuers and firefighters of the republic Peter Pontsar.
“Two passenger trains collided near the village of Milavce near the city of Domazlice,” he said. “According to preliminary information, about 50 people were injured.”
Two people were killed, seven were seriously injured, and are in critical condition, said later the representative of the joint service of rescuers and firefighters of the republic Peter Pontsar. “There are 31 more wounded, but their condition does not cause concern to the doctors. Dozens of rescuers are helping them,” he added.
“Helicopters have flown to the scene of the emergency, and additional ambulances are being sent to deliver those who are needed to hospitals,” Pontsar added.
The collision of trains occurred on a single-track section of the railway. The causes of the tragedy should be established by a special commission, which includes, in particular, police experts. A failure in the operation of railway equipment is not excluded. The version is also considered that it occurred due to the inattention of one of the drivers, who did not react to the red light of the semaphore. Meanwhile, according to information received in the central railway reference office of the country, one of the collided trains is the “Western Express,” running between the city of Plzen (Western Czech Republic) and Munich.
Deputy Prime Minister, Head of the Ministry of Industry and Trade, and Minister of Transport of the Czech Republic Karel Havlicek went to the emergency scene.