Czech Republic: Speed train collides with local commuter train; 3 dead, dozens injured

Three people died and eight others were seriously injured on Wednesday when a Munich-to-Prague express train ran through a stop signal and collided with a local commuter train in the Czech Republic, authorities said.

Several passengers were taken by helicopters to hospitals from the crash site near the western Czech village of Milavce, the regional rescue service said. Fifty people suffered lighter injuries not requiring immediate treatment.

Local media reports claimed the dead included the drivers of the two trains and one passenger.

“The Ex 351 went through a signal indicating Stop … and collided with a passenger train,” Transport Minister Karel Havlicek said on Twitter, referring to the express train.

The trains collided shortly after 8:00am near Milavce, 140 km southwest of the capital Prague.

The fast train struck a local train traveling from Plzen to Domazlice, said a spokesman for Ceske Drahy which operates both trains. He said the two train drivers were both Czech.