Three killed and eight seriously injured in Czech Republic train crash.

Three people were killed and up to 50 injured, eight of them seriously, in 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. The death toll was later revised to three.

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.

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