Two people were killed and several more were injured in a train crash in Czech Republic, which shut down the whole network.
A horrible head-on collision between two trains near Pilsen, Czech Republic, has claimed the lives of two persons and injured dozens others.
Emergency personnel have been dispatched to the scene. A number of rescue helicopters have also been dispatched to the crash site. Two persons have been killed, according to a representative for the Pilsen ambulance service. Seven people have been badly hurt, with a total of 31 people receiving medical attention. The Ex 351 Western Express, on its way from Munich to Prague, collided with the RegioShark passenger train, which was traveling from Pilsen to Domalice.
“Today, shortly after eight o’clock, two trains crashed on the track in the hamlet of Milave in the Domalice region,” the Czech Republic Police wrote on Twitter. On-site presence of all IRS units.
“Dozens of people were reported injured at the spot.
“We assist with passenger evacuation.
“A Czech Police Air Service chopper is monitoring the situation from the air.”
“Unfortunately, at this time we have confirmed that two people lost their lives at the scene of the railway accident,” the police department said minutes later.
The fire brigade’s commanding officer, Jaroslav Hrdlika, told Czech television: “There was a head-on accident between two trains.”
“We didn’t have to use hydraulic recovery equipment because the recovery was done with simple tools.
“However, we are attempting to gain access to the derailed train cabin.”
“The alarm has been sent to 11 units,” said Petr Poncar, a spokesperson for the fire service.
“The hit’s location is split into two halves.
“We’re going to beam the passengers off the train.
“At the scene, there are a number of people who have been injured.”
The situation has been termed as “serious” by Transport Minister Karel Havlek, who is on his way to the area.
“The Ex 351 train passed a signal in the Stj position in the Radonice turnout in Domalice and collided with a passenger train,” he posted on Twitter.
“This is a critical scenario.
“I’ve canceled the entire show and am on my way to the accident scene.”