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December 11, 2015

Train hits truck in north Moravia

No serious injuries in morning collision in Frýdek-Místek

Municipal traffic camera caught an accident between a passenger train and a semi truck at 7:38 a.m. in the city of Frýdek-Místek in the Moravia-Silesia region.

The truck made a turn and attempted to cross the railroad tracks, despite the flashing red lights signaling that a train was approaching.

Roughly 80 people were on the train at the time and no injuries were reported. The driver of the truck sustained minor injuries, police spokesman Vlastimil Starzyk told the media.

The train was going from Frenštát pod Radhoštěm to Ostrava.

The track signal can be seen to be functioning normally, and why the driver ignored it or did not see it is now the subject of a police investigation, and both drivers are being interrogated.

The accident occurred under a viaduct near the train station. The train had already reduced speed because it was approaching the station.

The train can be seen hitting the back of the truck and completely detaching it from the front driver’s cabin. The driver manages to continue driving without the back of the truck.

The cargo container part of the truck was heavily damaged by the impact.

The track has been closed temporarily.

The Czech Railway Inspectorate puts the damage at Kč 1.8 million, with Kč 300,000 for the train, Kč 500,000 for the truck and Kč 1 million for the track.

Despite several accidents that made headlines this year, the Railway Inspectorate says both the number of accidents and number of fatalities are down compared to the previous year.

Frýdek-Místek has a population of about 57,000 people and is the administrative center of Frýdek-Místek District. It is made of two independent towns that joined together: Frýdek and Místek, divided by the Ostravice river.

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