Czech train collision kills two Ukrainians — Foreign Ministry

Crash site
Crash site

Two Ukrainian citizens lost their lives in a collision between the Prague-Košice train and a freight train in Czechia, Ukraine's Foreign Affairs Ministry reported on June 6.

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Preliminary reports indicate that four individuals, including the two Ukrainians, died in the accident. The nationality of the other victims is currently being verified.

The other 34 passengers sustained minor injuries and received immediate assistance at the scene. Several of the injured were transported to hospitals in the cities of Pardubice and Hradec Králové.

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"A consular officer from the Consulate of Ukraine in Brno is present at the scene and remains in constant communication with rescue and law enforcement agencies," said the ministry.

"The situation is under the oversight of the Foreign Affairs Ministry's Department of Consular Service."

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A coordination center, involving law enforcement and rescue services, has been established at the accident site, the ministry confirmed. By 4 a.m. EET, the rescue operation had concluded.

Ukraine's railway operator Ukrzaliznytsia reported that 138 passengers are en route to Przemyśl and 104 to Chop on trains delayed due to the incident in Czechia.

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"The train to Przemyśl has already departed from Pardubice," the statement said.

"Albeit with a delay of up to ten hours."

Czech media outlets reported on June 6 that the RegioJet 1021 passenger train, destined for Chop in Ukraine, collided with a ČD Cargo freight train near the new Pardubice station.

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