Czech Republic train crash: Three killed, dozens injured after commuter trains collide

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Three 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 at least three people died in the tragedy which happened shortly after 8am in the town of Milavce.

The train crashed near the town of Domazlice, Czech Republic (REUTERS)
The train crashed near the town of Domazlice, Czech Republic (REUTERS)

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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