p>SEVEN PEOPLE died and 40 were injured in a bizarre train wreck in the Czech Republic on August 8.The train, the EuroCity 108 Comenius, an express heading from Krakow via Ostrava to Prague, crashed into a road bridge, which was under reconstruction and had collapsed onto the tracks. The accident took place near Studénka, in the northern Czech Republic.
The dead were all Czech citizens. Three Slovaks were among the injured, including one man, who, according to the Nový Čas daily, was not traveling on the train but working on the bridge. The man suffered serious injuries including the loss of a leg. The other Slovaks’ injuries were not serious.
The engineer said that he pulled the emergency cord as soon as he saw that the bridge had fallen on the tracks but the train was running at 135 km per hour and was unable to stop in time. The engineer survived with no serious injuries.
18. Aug 2008 at 0:00 | Compiled by Spectator staff from press reports