19 injured in Polish train crash

7 of those injured are said to be in a life-threatening condition

19 injured in Polish train crash

The damaged nose of a Pendolino fast train that hit a flat-bed truck at an unguarded railway | Image: PA images

19 people have been injured after a high-speed train collided with a flat-bed truck at an unguarded railway in Poland. 

The accident occurred at around 3pm on Friday, in the village of Schodnia, when a Pendolino intercity train carrying some 300 passengers hit a truck.

The train damaged its protruding front section and partially derailed but remained upright. The truck driver was not hurt. 
 
A number of other people suffered less severe injuries during the partial derailment. 

Regional police spokeswoman Monika Mrugala said that seven of those who were injured were in a life-threatening condition.

Some of those injured were airlifted to a hospital, while others were taken there by ambulances.

Ms Mrugala said the truck was transporting another truck on its trailer when it was hit at the crossing. 

Images from the site showed both vehicles lying by the railway tracks. Police are said to be investigating the cause of the accident.

Cezary Nowak, a spokesman for Poland's state railway, PK said The railway tracks at the crash site needed to be repaired and rail traffic there will probably not be restored before next Thursday.