The Rail Safety Inspection office reports that the number of rail-related
incidents in the first six months of 2019 amounted to 634, which is 15-
percent increase on the same period last year. The biggest accident took
place in Brno in March, with 23 people being injured in a head-on collision
of passenger trains.
The number of railway crossing incidents in the same period increased by 11 percent on the previous year, to 92, resulting in 13 deaths. The Czech Railway Infrastructure Administration plans to equip 132 out of the total 164 rail crossings on first class roads with barriers by the end of the year.
Rescue workers have removed the body of a miner who died in an explosion at
a mine in Karviná in the Moravian-Silesian Region in December. The remains
of four others are expected to be exhumed by the end of the month, a
spokesperson for the district state prosecutor’s office said.
Thirteen miners were killed when a methane explosion took place 800 metres below the ground at the ČSM-Sever mine. Most of the victims were Polish.
Czech Railways management are holding an emergency meeting Wednesday in the wake of back-to-back train collisions and a steep rise in reported accidents and ‘incidents’ – near misses. They will likely agree on stricter safety measures and tighter controls, including reviews of train drivers and key personnel.
Twenty-three people were injured in a train collision at Brno’s main
railway station on Tuesday morning.
Paramedics say that eleven of them were transported to hospital, the others suffered lighter injuries.
Emergency workers evacuated 250 people from the trains, which met in a head-on collision.
The cause of the accident is being investigated.
Czech Railways has had a heightened number of accidents in recent days.
Five people were injured in a train collision in the Chrudim region on Monday, and on February 19th a runaway train travelled six kilometers without a driver eventually coming to a stop on an uphill slope.
Five people are reported to have been injured in a train collision in the
Chrudim region shortly after midday on Monday. One was a passenger train,
the other was empty, in the process of being moved to a different track.
The cause of the accident is being investigated. In a preliminary assessment of the accident Czech Railways said it could not rule out human error.
Czech pensioner Jaromír Balda has been found guilty of terrorism after
causing two train crashes with the aim of spreading fear of Muslim
migrants. Mr. Balda, who is 71, has been sentenced to four years in jail
and out-patient psychiatric treatment.
In 2017 he cut down trees on two railway lines in in the Mladá Boleslav area. In both cases the trains crashed but there were no injuries. He left leaflets at the scene purporting to be from Muslim terrorists.
The pensioner told the court that he had only wished to stir up resistance, so “that horror” did not reach the Czech Republic.
Christmas celebrations in the Czech Republic this year were overshadowed by tragedy. The death of 13 miners killed in a methane explosion at a coal mine in the north-eastern part of the country dominated news coverage over the holidays, as did the deadly tsunami in Indonesia. The victims were remembered in masses over Christmas and people donated money to accounts in aid of the victims.
The black coal mining company OKD, which underwent reorganization following
insolvency procedures in 2016, is making a profit and could keep its
Karviná mine in operation until 2030, Prime Minister Andrej Babiš said
following talks with the company’s management on Thursday.
The reorganization plan envisaged a gradual phase-out of mining in the region by 2023, but the prime minister said the company was in good shape and making a healthy profit and could continue to operate until 2030.
A final decision is to be made by the end of the year.
Fire officers in Plzeň have removed the wreck of a helicopter that crashed
onto a factory building on Wednesday. Three men and one woman on board the
aircraft were killed. The wreck was partly caught by the roof of the hall
and partly landed inside the structure, which was unused.
The victims are reported to have included one Czech and three people from Thailand. Police are investigating the cause of the crash.