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Two people killed and more than 40 injured in Czech Republic train crash

Two people died and more than 40 others were injured when a fast train from Munich collided with a commuter passenger train in the Czech Republic.

Four people who were seriously injured were taken to hospital by helicopter and seven others required surgery.

Another 31 people were injured in the crash near the western Czech town of Domazlice, the regional rescue service said.

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More than 40 people were injured in the crash near the western Czech town of Domazlice. Pic: Plzen Fire and Rescue

TV footage on Czech Television showed the driver’s damaged cabin of the fast train’s locomotive, as well as the front part of the local train.

Both trains remained upright on or close to the tracks.

Czech Railways said an international high-speed train that connects the western city of Plzen with Munich in Germany and a local passenger train were involved in the collision.

CTK news agency said the emergency services deployed four helicopters after the crash, which happened shortly after 8am local time near the village of Milavce, which is 140km (87 miles) southwest of Prague.

Commander Jaroslav Hrdlicka of the regional fire department said on Czech Television rescue workers were still looking for one missing person in the wreckage.

The accident happened shortly after 8am local time near the village of Milavce. Pic: Plzen Fire and Rescue
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The accident happened shortly after 8am local time near the village of Milavce. Pic: Plzen Fire and Rescue
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