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Two dead, more than 40 injured in Czech train crash

Two people died and more than 40 others suffered injuries when a fast train from Munich collided with a commuter passenger train in the Czech Republic on Wednesday (August 4).

Four people who were seriously injured were taken away by helicopter and seven others required surgery, while 31 received minor injuries in the crash near the western Czech town of Domazlice, the regional fire and rescue service said.

Transport Minister Karel Havlicek said on Twitter the Ex 351 train, referring to the express train from Munich to Prague, had passed through a stop signal and collided with a passenger train.

Photographs taken by the regional fire and rescue department showed damage to the fast train’s locomotive and the front part of the local train. Both trains remained upright on or near the tracks.

CTK news agency said emergency services deployed four helicopters after the crash, which occurred after 8 a.m. near the village of Milavce, 140 km (87 miles) southwest of Prague.

Commander Jaroslav Hrdlicka of the regional fire department said on Czech Television rescue workers were still looking for one missing person in the wreckage.

(Production: Hedy Beloucif)

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