Two people are dead and 31 were left injured, seven critically, after a two-train collision in the Czech Republic on Wednesday morning.
The accident happened outside the village of Milavce, near the Bavarian border. Czech transport minister Karel Havlicek said a German express train from Munich to Prague crossed a stop signal and rammed a local train from Plzen.
“The situation is serious, I am on my way to the scene of the accident,” he told the CTK news agency.
Dozens of rescue workers are at the scene, with four helicopters on-site to transport the injured to hospital.
“We can confirm that two people lost their lives at the scene,” Czech police said on Twitter.
A spokesman for Alex, the private operator of the German express train, said it was sending representatives to the crash site.
The accident comes a year after another collision between two trains in the Erz Mountains left two passengers dead. After that accident the Prague government promised to boost spending on a rail system critics say is dilapidated and increasingly unsafe.