Three people were killed and ten were injured, one seriously, in a train crash at the railway station in Spišská Nová Ves in Košice region shortly before noon on Thursday, April 1, the TASR newswire reported. The accident took place when a Slovak Cargo (ŽSSKC) electric locomotive crashed into a stationary Slovak Railway Company (ŽSSK) passenger train from behind. One passenger carriage was partly derailed.
Among the ten people injured in the passenger train, four were taken to a hospital in Spišská Nova Ves. "It seems that these people suffered only minor injuries, but their condition needs to be further monitored," district hospital director Jozef Naščák told TASR. Some of the injured were hospitalised in Levoča and Krompachy and paramedics from Poprad intervened at the crash site.
Six people were on the electric locomotive that crashed into the train including an instructor who was training a new engineer. Two of them managed to jump out of the train before the crash. It was the young trainee, getting ready for his new job, who turned out to be the sole survivor from the foursome.
Ľubica Zonová from the Railroad Police reported that the case is under investigation. According to unofficial sources, the locomotive in question was tested on a trial run after being overhauled in a railway depot. During the testing of the electrodynamic brakes, the locomotive began to accelerate instead of braking and went out of control. The condition of 24-year-old Jozef P., the sole survivor in the cargo locomotive, remains very serious, said Jaroslava Oravcova, spokesperson of the Louis Pasteur Faculty Hospital in Košice on April 2.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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6. Apr 2010 at 10:00