Polish rail crash

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  1. VH-RMD

    VH-RMD Original Member

    One dead, 56 hurt as Polish train derails

    Posted August 13, 2011 08:45:41

    Map: Poland
    A passenger was killed and six gravely hurt in central Poland overnight when an inter-city train derailed for reasons that were not immediately clear, the country's prime minister said.
    Rescue workers warned the death toll could rise when an overturned train carriage is set upright.
    Firefighters at the scene said 56 passengers were being treated for injuries in hospital.
    "We have confirmation that one person has perished," prime minister Donald Tusk told Poland's TVN24 news channel after visiting the scene.
    "Luckily the death toll is not as high as we had originally thought," Mr Tusk said, adding that six people were seriously injured in the disaster, which occurred near the town of Baby.
    "We hope that no more victims will be found in the wagon where the casualty was discovered."
    About 280 passengers were believed to be aboard the train travelling from the capital Warsaw to the southern city of Katowice, Polish PKP railways spokesman Lukasz Kurpiewski told TVN24.
    Passengers say crews were on the scene quickly.
    "We heard a huge noise. The first wagon was completely destroyed, windows smashed and its sides smashed. People remained calm - many were in shock - and rescue crews arrived rapidly," passenger Marcin Chlebowski told TVN24.
    Investigations were underway to establish the cause of the derailment.

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