At least 14 people were injured in a collision between two passenger trains carrying tourists near Český Krumlov in the southern region of the Czech Republic, multiple media outlets are reporting.
Radio Prague reports that around 50 passengers were onboard the two trains when the collision occurred near Český Krumlov, on a stretch of line between České Budějovice and Černy Kříž.
According to Noinvite.com, three of the 14 people injured were children, and four of those injured have severe injuries. The trains were mostly carrying tourists traveling through the southern part of the country. Traffic in the area is suspended as the cause of the crash remains unknown. A commission is being convened to investigate.
Český Krumlov is an historic city in the southern region of the Czech Republic that’s a popular spot for day trips from Prague. It is also popular on excursions from river cruise operators, although most of those are via motorcoach. Points of interest include the Vltava River bisecting the city, as well as its 13th century castle, which incorporates Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture, an 11-hectare garden and an original 17th-century baroque theater. The top of the castle’s bell tower is a popular viewing spot for views out over the medieval old town and the river, and both the castle and its gardens are a UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site.