Trains collide in Czech Republic; 40 hurt

Feb. 16, 2009 at 11:29 AM
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PRAGUE, Czech Republic, Feb. 16 (UPI) -- Two passenger trains collided head-on in the northeastern area of the Czech Republic Monday, injuring at least 40 passengers, a Czech rail official said.

The two trains struck each other near the town of Paskov, about 3 miles from the nearest station, the Russian news agency RIA Novosti reported.

Spokeswoman Katerina Subova said three of the injured were hurt seriously. The number of injured could climb as rescuers work the scene of the accident, she said.

A preliminary investigation the cause of the accident was human error on one of the conductor's part, RIA Novosti said.

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