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Czech train crash kills 10

Latest update : 2008-08-09

At least 10 people were killed and about 100 injured after a high speed train on its way to the Czech Republic from Poland rammed into a collapsed bridge.

An express train crashed into a collapsed bridge in the Czech Republic on Friday killing at least 10 people and injuring about 100 more, police said.
   
The accident happened at around 10:30 am (0830 GMT) near the northeastern town of Studenka as the train travelled from the Polish city of Krakow to Prague, said police spokeswoman Miroslava Michalkova-Salkova.
   
"It's horrible. It's a disaster. According to information to hand, there are at least 10 dead," she said.
   
A Czech railways spokesman said the train was travelling at 140 kilometres an hour (about 87 miles per hour) when it hit part of a road bridge which had fallen onto the track.
   
"It probably hit part of a motorway bridge under construction which fell onto the track," said the spokesman, Jan Kucera.
   
The locomotive and three passenger carriages were derailed. "There's a lot of damage," he said.
  

Date created : 2008-08-08

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