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Two people dead and dozens injured after two trains collide near Czech-German border

The crash occurred on a line between Pernink and Karlovy Vary about 120 kilometres west of Prague.

The two trains after the collision
The two trains after the collision
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TWO PEOPLE HAVE died and dozens have been injured after two passenger trains collided near the western Czech spa city of Karlovy Vary, a railway spokeswoman has said.

Photos tweeted by the police showed the two drivers’ cabins destroyed but the trains did not derail.

“Two people died and about 20 others are injured,” Radka Pistoriusova, spokeswoman for rail operator Sprava zeleznic, told AFP.

Rescue service spokesman Radek Hes told AFP the two people had died.

Some passengers sustained serious injuries, local media said.

The crash occurred on a line between the village of Pernink and Karlovy Vary about 120 kilometres west of Prague and near the German border, at around 1pm.

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The Czech news agency CTK said a train from Karlovy Vary to Johanngeorgenstadt in Germany crashed with a train coming in the opposite direction.

Hes said rescuers from the Czech Republic and Germany were working together and both countries had deployed rescue helicopters.

© – AFP 2020

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