16 people reported dead in a head-on train collision in Poland

16 people reported dead in a head-on train collision in Poland

Warsaw : Poland | Mar 04, 2012 at 2:46 AM PST
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At least 16 people have been reported dead so far in a deadly train collision which took place in Poland

One of the worst train accidents took place in Poland today, leaving 16 people dead so far. The accident took place as two trains hit each other full-on, because of being on the same track but in opposite directions. The accident took place on late Saturday in the Southern Poland city of Szczechociny. The entire country is shaken by the news and this accident is being termed as one of the country's worst train crashes in more than two decades.

"Everything indicates that this is one of the most serious railway catastrophes of recent years in our country," Transport Minister Slawomir Nowak told a reporter in a telephone interview. "There are people who have died, there are many injured people."

The two trains were carrying around 350 passengers and at the time of the collision, they were at a very high speed. The accident took place in a rural area, where the only transport track, was the railway track and there wasn't even any road near that place.

"This certainly is the most tragic train catastrophe in our history in many, many years," said Prime Minister Donald Tusk, who arrived at the site of the crash with several other government officials early on Sunday.

"At the moment we cannot with full responsibility give the final number of fatalities. We should expect at least 14, but we fear this number could rise to 15," he added. According to an initial estimate, at least 54 people were injured and sent to hospitals whereas 15 people were confirmed dead. However, these are just the initial estimates and the death toll is expected to rise.

The train collision resulted in one of the intercity trains to Warsaw to jack knife and fly upwards from the force of the crash. The other cars of the train derailed flew off the track.

A few hours after the accident, around 350 firefighters arrived at the scene, but they had to carry their equipment by hand because the accident took place in the middle of a field which only had the train tracks.

There are still a number of unidentified bodies hence the fate of the drivers is also unknown.

So far the cause of the accident is still not known but a proper investigation is being carried out to uncover the details in the Poland train crash.

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Poland's Prime Minister Donald Tusk
Poland's Prime Minister Donald Tusk
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