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High speed train collides with truck in Czech Republic

22 July 2015, 12:58

Prague - Officials say a high-speed train has smashed into a truck in eastern Czech Republic, injuring 20 passengers.

Martin Drapal, a spokesman for the rail inspectorate, says the crash occurred Wednesday morning at 7.43 a.m. (0543 GMT) at a rail crossing in the town of Studenka.

Lukas Humpl, spokesman for the rescuers, says 20 people have been injured, five of them seriously.

The train traveled from Bohumin to the western spa of Frantiskovy Lazne. The major rail line that links the capital Prague with the eastern part of the country has been closed for an unspecified time.

Members of the Czech government were traveling by train at the same time in the opposite direction for a meeting in the eastern city of Ostrava.

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