Skooter reporting 03/04/12
At least 350 passengers were on board the two trains, which crashed head on at 9:00 pm local time as they were speeding on the same track, leaving 14 people confirmed dead and 60 injured in Szezecociny, southern Poland, late Saturday.
One train was on the way to the southern city of Krakow from the capital Warsaw, while the other was traveling to the capital from the southeastern city of Przemysl.
Rescue workers rushed to the crash scene overnight pulling passengers out from the wreckage. About half of the sixty people hospitalized were reportedly to be in critical condition, rescue officials said.
An investigation was initiated Sunday morning looking into the possible reasons behind the deadly collision as rescue operations continued in the early hours.
TV images of the wreckage showed mangled remains of three carriages had leaped the tracks along with locomotives from both trains. "We heard a deafening noise and we were hurled out of our seats," an unnamed survivor told the PAP Polish news agency. "We saw crushed bodies pinned beneath seats and we saw parts of bodies inside and outside the train wagons."
Involved in the rescue operations were 450 firemen and 100 policemen, emergency response authorities said.
The recent accident is considered to be the worst rail catastrophe in Poland since 1990, when two trains collided in the Warsaw suburb of Ursus, that killed 16 people. And in 1980, a passenger train and a freight train collided in Otoczyn, near the northern city of Torun, leaving 67 people dead and 62 injured, reportedly to be the country’s deadliest train wreck.
Source: New York Post