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1 Dead, Dozens Injured in Train Collision Near Prague

1 Dead, Dozens Injured in Train Collision Near Prague

Wednesday, 15 July, 2020 - 05:00
Firefighters are seen working on a site of a train crash near the village of Pernink, near the border with Germany, Czech Republic, July 7, 2020. HZS Karlovarskeho kraje/Handout via REUTERS

A train driver died and dozens of passengers were injured when a passenger train collided with a stationary freight train near Prague, a Czech minister and rescuers said Wednesday.

"Unfortunately... I have learnt there is one dead," Transport Minister Karel Havlicek told the public broadcaster Czech Television.

Rescuers said the deceased man was the driver of the passenger train, which was carrying more than 100 passengers.

"He was found lifeless in his wrecked cabin," the regional rescue service wrote on its website.

The accident occurred after 1930 GMT near the town of Cesky Brod, about 30 kilometers east of Prague.

The public Czech Television said a passenger train crashed into a stationary freight train on a busy railway connecting Prague with the east of the country.

A week ago, two people died and dozens were injured when regional trains crashed in western Czech Republic.

Several minor accidents without injuries have been reported on Czech railways over the past week.

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