Munich-Prague train collides with Czech commuter service, three dead

MILAVCE, Czech Republic, Aug 4 (Reuters) – A Munich-Prague express train passed through a stop signal and collided with a local commuter service in the Czech Republic on Wednesday and three people were killed, including the two drivers train, authorities said.

Eight passengers were seriously injured and several were airlifted to hospital from the crash site near the village of Milavce in western Czech Republic, according to the regional rescue service.

Ten slightly injured German passengers were transported by ambulance to hospitals in Germany, a Czech medical services coordinator said. Approximately 50 passengers in total sustained minor injuries that did not require immediate treatment.

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A police spokeswoman said the three dead were the drivers of the two trains and a passenger, all Czechs.

“Ex 351 crossed 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 a.m. (0600 GMT) near Milavce, 140 km (85 miles) southwest of the capital Prague.

The fast train collided with a local train traveling from Plzen to Domazlice, said a spokesperson for Ceske Drahy (Czech Railways) which operates the two trains.

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Reporting by Jan Lopatka and Robert Muller Editing by Mark Heinrich

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