2 Czech trains crash

10:10, 17 February 2009
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At least 43 people were injured

Two trains crashed head on in the Czech Republic on Monday, and a news agency said at least 43 people were injured, according to AP.

The accident took place near a train station in Northern Moravia, a region 200 miles (320 kilometers) east of Prague, the capital.

Ondrej Kubala, an official with the Czech Rail authority, said the crash occurred when one of the trains went through a red light and left the station ahead of schedule at about 25 mph (40 kph). It then collided head on with an arriving train, which slammed on its breaks just before the crash.

At least 43 people were injured, three of them severely, including one of the train drivers, the national CKT news agency reported.

Television reports from the scene showed the engine of the smaller train was heavily damaged in the crash, but that only one passenger car from the two trains appeared to have derailed.

Rescue helicopters raced to the scene to take the injured to local hospitals.

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