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.
The Czech government has just approved a bill under which the providers of taxi services would no longer be required to use taximeters. Ministers say they want to create a level playing field for operators of app-based services. For their part, traditional taxi firms say the move could lead to major problems.
Prague City Council has agreed to introduce free public transport,
including trains, during smog alerts. The cost to the budget would be
approximately five million crowns per day.
In recent years, Prague City Hall has considered implement a range of regulations to be enforced during periods when the city is hit by particularly bad air pollution.
These include requiring factories to temporarily reduce output during periods of high smog barring trucks from entering the city.
A Czech Airlines flight to Seoul was forced to turn back late Saturday
night due to technical problems, a spokesman for Prague’s Vaclav Havel
International Airport told journalists.
The plane turned back three hours into the flight citing a suspected fuel leak. The emergency landing was reportedly smooth and no one suffered any injuries.
According to the news site Zdopravy.cz the suspicion of a fuel leak was confirmed and the emergency landing closed the main runway for 40 minutes forcing a Ryanair flight from Edinburgh to land in Brno.
An investigation is underway into three separate rail accidents that
occurred at Czech Railways this week.
On Tuesday a runaway train covered over six kilometres without a train driver in Moravia, travelling over two bridges and a tunnel as terrified passengers pulled at the emergency break to no avail. It eventually stopped when the track went on an upward incline. Miraculously, none of the 11 passengers were injured.
On Friday, an express train and passenger train stopped within 34 metres of each other on the same track, preventing an accident at the last minute and on Saturday morning a locomotive crashed into another in České Budejovice.
Early reports suggest the accidents were caused by technical problems and human error.
The Constitutional Court has rejected a complaint against a ban on
billboards by Czech motorways filed by a group of 17 senators. Speaking for
the group, senator Václav Chaloupek said that the prohibition, which also
applies to first class roads, violated legal certainty and a ban on
retroactivity. The petitioners also argued that it contravened the right to
do business and the international protection of investments.
The court, which had been considering the matter since 2017, said that the billboards ban could be justified on the grounds of public interest, safety and environmental concerns.
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