German coach collides with train in South Bohemia, five injured

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15.05.2014 15:34

Hluboka nad Vltavou - Five people were injured in the collision of a German coach with a train at a railway crossing near Hluboka nad Vltavou today - the coach driver and the only passenger, and also three people in the train, the Rail Inspection and police have told CTK.

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Na železničním přejezdu u Hluboké nad Vltavou na Českobudějovicku se 15. května srazil autobus s vlakem. Zranění utrpěli řidič a spolujezdec v autobuse a tři osoby ve vlaku. Při nehodě vznikla škoda 20 milionů korun. ČTK o tom informoval mluvčí drážní inspekce Martin Drápal. Železniční trať České Budějovice - Plzeň je kvůli havárii v místě střetu stále mimo provoz. ČTK Drážní inspekce

The accident caused material damage worth 20 million crowns.

The otherwise busy rail track between the centres of southern Bohemia and western Bohemia, Ceske Budejovice and Plzen, remained interrupted for several hours.

The collision occurred before 9:00 at a railway crossing equipped with warning lights, Rail Inspection spokesman Martin Drapal said.

"Both men in the coach suffered injuries. The 55-year-old driver has a medium-level head and backbone injury, his 72-year-old fellow passenger suffered a light head injury," regional rescuers´ spokeswoman Petra Kafkova said.

The doctors also treated several passengers from the train on the spot, she said.

Police spokeswoman Stepanka Uhlirova said the German coach was going to fetch kids who are on a cycling tour in the Czech Republic.

Judging by the photographs from the place of the accident, the coach belongs to the Heindl company from Osterhofen, Lower Bavaria.

($1=19.999 crowns)

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