Studénka, Czech Republic: Two killed in collision with a truck

24 Jul

Two people were killed when a high-speed Pendolino train collided with a truck on a level crossing near Studénka, North Moravia, In addition a further 18 were injured, some of them critically. The accident occurred during the morning of July 22nd, 2015..

The Police have detained the truck driver for endangering safety on the railway, for which a maximum ten-years custodial sentence might be imposed through the criminal justice system. The level crossing is equipped with cameras, the evidence from which is said to show that the Polish truck driver was at fault because he entered the crossing as the barriers descended. It is not known why the truck driver then stopped his vehicle on the level crossing, rather than driving off through the by then lowered exit barrier.

The Czech Republic’s Prime Minister, Transport Minister and Health Minister visited the scene of the accident, the worst since August 2008, as they had been travelling on a train in the vicinity of the accident.

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