published: 03.01.2014, 11:30 | updated: 03.01.2014 13:05:47
Prague - A total of 24 people died in level crossing accidents in the 10.5-million Czech Republic in 2013, which is the lowest figure in the past 11 years, Rail Inspection spokesman Martin Drapal told CTK today.
However, the death toll in train collisions with pedestrians is still very high, amounting to 196 in 2013, which has been the fourth highest figure since 2003.
Last year, the Rail Inspection, established 11 years ago, registered 180 collisions at level crossings, in which 85 people were injured and 24 died. All three figures have been the lowest since 2003.
Compared to 2012, the number of level crossing accidents dropped by eight, the number of injured victims decreased by 25 and the death toll by three.
Out of railway accidents, collisions of a train with a person have the most tragic consequences. Last year, 243 such accidents occurred, while four-fifths of their victims (196) did not survive the collision and 50 suffered injuries.
However, the number of such accidents as well as of the injured and killed in them has decreased since 2012. In 2012, 267 such collisions were reported in which 68 people were wounded and 197 died.
The lowest death toll (165) in these accidents in the past 11 years was in 2007.
Last year, the Rail Inspection registered 3983 emergency events, which is 4 percent less than in 2012.
A total of 232 people died in railway accidents all over the Czech Republic, which has been the third lowest number since 2003. However, the death toll dropped by two only compared to 2012.
The number of injuries in railway accidents has also decreased in the past few years - from 667 in 2012 to 635 in 2013.
However, this year did not start well in this respect.
"While in 2013, the Rail Inspection registered the first fatality (a person killed by train) on January 4, on the first day of this year four train collisions with people and one level crossing accident occurred," Drapal said.
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