High speed train collides with truck in Czech Republic

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Posted: Jul 22, 2015 4:31 AM

PRAGUE (AP) — Officials say two passengers on a high-speed train were killed in a collision with a truck in eastern Czech Republic.

Martin Drapal, a spokesman for the rail inspectorate, says the crash occurred Wednesday morning at 7.43 a.m. (0543 GMT) at a rail crossing in the town of Studenka.

Lukas Humpl, spokesman for the rescuers, says three of the 13 injured are in life-threatening condition while the truck's driver escaped unharmed.

The train was traveling from Bohumin to the western spa of Frantiskovy Lazne. The major rail line that links Prague with the eastern part of the country has been closed for an unspecified time.

Members of the Czech government were traveling by train at the same time in the opposite direction for a meeting in the eastern city of Ostrava.