Collision prevented as drivers stop two facing trains

Pendolino and passenger train a few meters away from tragedy. Hoštejn, 15 September 2022. Credit: Rail Safety InspectionPendolino and passenger train a few meters away from tragedy. Hoštejn, 15 September 2022. Credit: Rail Safety Inspection

Planned closure results in near-collision as two trains head towards each other on one track.

A tragic accident was prevented on the Czech railroad today. Two trains were running against each other on the Prague – Olomouc corridor line. The drivers managed to stop both trains only a few dozen meters away from each other. The incident occurred at 8:46 a.m.

An SC 512 pendolino headed from Bohumin was going against a passenger train headed from Ceska Trebova on the same track. Operation on the corridor was stopped as Rail Safety Inspectors traveled to the scene to investigate. 

During the afternoon, the Rail Safety Inspection specified that the trains stopped at a distance of 57.5 meters from each other. The signaling equipment at the nearest station was down for maintenance and traffic control was operating out of the ordinary, the Rail Safety Inspection stated. Since this morning there has been a planned local closure of one of the tracks.

The rail infrastructure manager Sprava zeleznic did not release information about the incident until 30 minutes after. The police are also investigating the incident. The near-collision was not the drivers’ fault, sources close to CEETransport.com claim.

Regular operation resumed after 10:00 a.m. when the Rail Safety Inspection approved clearing the track and moving both trains to the nearest station. However, the incident caused delays all day.

 

Edited and translated by Lucie Trávníčková.

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