Six killed as trains collide in Poland (Lead)

March 4th, 2012 - 4:32 pm ICT by IANS  

Warsaw, March 4 (IANS) At least six people were killed and nearly 50 injured in southern Poland after two trains had a head-on collision Saturday, said local officials.

According to polish TV, the accident occurred in the evening on the Warsaw-Krakow mainline in Szczekociny, a small town, the BBC reported Sunday.

Two express trains, one of which was on the wrong track, collided head-on, said a senior railway official.

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk was on his way to the site of the crash, along with three other cabinet ministers.

“This appears to be one of the most serious railway accidents in recent years,” Transport Minister Slawomir Nowak told the TVN24 news channel.

“There are fatalities, there are many injured people,” he said, as he travelled to the scene with Prime Minister Tusk.

According to police, some of the passengers remain trapped in the wreckage. Helicopter ambulances from Warsaw and Wroclaw were helping to take the injured to hospitals.

The accident occurred at 9.15 p.m., when a train travelling north from Przemysl to Warsaw collided with a southbound train from Warsaw to Krakow

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