Nine dead after Polish train hits minibus

July 30, 2012 13:22

WARSAW - Nine people were killed when a train hit a minibus on a level crossing in central Poland on Monday, emergency services said, in the second major rail accident in the country this year.

The minibus carrying 10 people, eight women and two men, drove on to the crossing near the city of Lodz. The force of the collision hurled the bus 30 meters down the track, a police officer said.

"The impact was so strong that we cannot even recognize the make of the vehicle," the officer, Krzysztof Zielinski, told broadcaster TVN 24. "None of the train passengers was hurt."

Eight people died at the scene of the accident, while a ninth person died later in hospital, a police spokesman said. One woman was being treated in hospital for serious injuries.

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