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Four people killed and more than 20 injured after trains collide in Czech Republic

Four people killed and more than 20 injured after trains collide in Czech Republic

At least four people have been killed and 23 injured after passenger train collided head-on with a freight train in the Czech Republic, officials said.

Interior Minister Vit Rakusan said none of the injured were in life-threatening conditions.

He said the crash took place late Wednesday night in the city of Pardubice, some 100 kilometers (62 miles) east of Prague. The high-speed passenger train belonged to the private RegioJet company.

Rescuers said more than 300 passengers were on board the high-speed train heading for the city of Kosice in eastern Slovakia.

Transport Minister Martin Kupka said: “We can’t and won’t speculate about the cause of the accident.”

The state-run train company, Czech Railways, said the track would likely remain closed for the entire day “due to the extent of the accident.”

The drivers in both engines survived, the local CTK news agency said..

Prime Minister Petr Fiala called the crash a big tragedy and offered his condolences to the families of those killed.

With agencies

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