Four dead and dozens injured in train accident in Czechia | transport news

A train with about 300 people on board was heading towards western Ukraine when it collided with a freight train traveling in the opposite direction.

Four people were killed and more than two dozen injured after a passenger train crashed into a freight train in the Czech city of Pardubice, about 100 kilometers (60 miles) east of the capital, Prague.

The head-on collision occurred just after 11:00 p.m. (9:00 p.m. GMT) on Wednesday, as the train with more than 300 passengers was heading east toward Ukraine, authorities said.

“I can confirm that four people suffered injuries incompatible with life,” Alena Kisiala, a spokeswoman for local emergency services, told Czech television.

The train was headed from Prague to the town of Chop in western Ukraine, near the border with Slovakia, and many foreigners were on board. Of the 24 people injured, three are in serious condition.

The Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, Petr Fiala, expressed his condolences for what he described as a “big disaster” on the social media platform X.

“We are all thinking about the victims and the injured,” he wrote.

Dozens of police, fire and emergency service units were sent to the scene of the accident to help evacuate passengers from the carriages.

Images shared on the news website idnes.cz showed at least one carriage off the track, while other photos suggested the front of the train had been crushed.

Services between Prague and the smaller cities of Brno and Ostrava were suspended for several hours.

Czech Television quoted a fire brigade spokesman as saying that the freight train was carrying the industrial chemical calcium carbide, although the first two carriages were empty, so there was no leak.

An investigation into the cause of the collision is underway.

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