Freight trains collide head-on in North Bohemia, leaving 1 injured

ČD Cargo train crew member was injured when two freight trains collided head-on in North Bohemia. Authorities estimate the overall damage caused by the accident at 25 million crowns.

Train collision in North Bohemia | Photo courtesy of Rail Safety Inspection Office

Train collision in North Bohemia | Photo courtesy of Rail Safety Inspection Office

The collision, which caused twelve railway cars to derail, happened on Saturday at about 8:40 am near Litoměřice, a town of 25 000 inhabitants located approximately 65 kilometres north-west of Prague.

Both trains were operated by ČD Cargo, subsidiary of Czech Railways managing freight operations.

Train operator of the moving train was taken to hospital with minor injuries. Crew members of the second train managed to stop and safely got off before the impact.

So far, human error has been cited as a primary cause of the accident.

According to Railway Infrastructure Administration, the main rail corridor between Ústí nad Labem and Lysá nad Labem won’t be reopened until Monday. Rail replacement service is offered to keep passengers on the move.

Train collision in North Bohemia | Photo courtesy of Rail Safety Inspection Office

Train collision in North Bohemia | Photo courtesy of Rail Safety Inspection Office