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Head-on train collision kills at least 15 in Poland

The two trains were travelling in opposite directions on the same track when they crashed.

Rescue workers at the scene after the crash
Rescue workers at the scene after the crash
Image: AP Photo/ Michal Legierski

AT LEAST 15 people have been killed in a head-on collision between two trains in Poland, with 54 others hospitalised.

Prime Minister Donald Tusk called the accident the “most tragic train catastrophe” in Poland in recent years after visiting the site in the early hours of Sunday.

The trains were traveling toward each other on the same track when they collided head-on in the small town of Szczekociny in southern Poland.

One train was traveling from the eastern city of Przemysl to Warsaw, while the other — on the wrong track — was heading south from Warsaw to Krakow.

Prosecutors have opened an investigation to determine how the Krakow train ended up on the wrong track. The prime minister said it was too soon to say what had caused the accident.

This video from Russia Today shows the wreckage and twisted metal in the aftermath of the collision:

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