Friday, August 15, 2008

Polish Train Rams Into Bridge Near Prague; At Least 6 Dead

A Polish train carrying about 400 passengers went off track and hit a bridge 210 miles from Prague. The accident resulted to the death of at least six people.

Most of the young rail travelers were on their way to attend a music festival in Pardubice, Czech Republic. Polish and Czech rescue teams rushed to the accident site to help the survivors. The injured was estimated at 100 people.

The international train left Krakow in Poland, headed for Prague, according to police spokeswoman Miroslavva Michalkova-Salkova. She added the number of dead is still tentative as there are reports fatalities has climbed to 10.

The Polish train was running at 87 miles (140 km) per hour when it hit a portion of a road bridge which fell on the track.

Czech Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek and Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk were reportedly on their way to the accident site.