Traffic on the main corridor between Prague and Olomouc cost an hour and a half, but the restrictions lasted until the afternoon.
At Hoštejn, two trains left each other on the same track: a Pendolino from Bohumín to Františkovy Lázně and a passenger train from Česká Třebová to Zábřeh.
The emergency happened at a quarter to nine in the morning a few hundred meters behind the Hoštejn station in the direction of Krasíkov. The train drivers managed to stop at a distance of only 57 and a half meters from each other.
The train drivers had to see the oncoming train at the last moment. The track runs in an arc in the place.
Since the collision, only the bridge over the Moravská Sázava separated the electric train and the motor train.
Error in traffic control?
The track in the place is double-tracked with right-hand traffic. A passenger train was running on the standard track, the Pendolino was running in the “opposite direction”.
“There was a planned partial shutdown at the station. The way traffic was managed was different. As for the causes of the incident, that is under investigation by the Railway Inspectorate,” said Railway Administration spokeswoman Nela Friebová.
The spokesman of the Railway Inspection Martin Drápal confirmed that there was a lockout of the station’s security equipment at the Hoštejn station.
“Traffic management did not take place in a standard way. Higher demands were placed on the attention of the track dispatcher when building train paths, i.e. also the positions of switches,” said spokesman Martin Drápal.
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According to the sources of the newspaper Zdopravy.cz, the emergency was not due to the fault of the train drivers, but due to traffic management.
Around two hundred people traveled in the Pendolin, around a dozen in the motorized passenger train. They were evacuated from the sets.
The section was completely impassable for about an hour and a half, after which trains ran on one track. Before 12:30 in the morning, both trains were still at the scene of the emergency, where employees of the Railway Administration and railway firefighters intervened.
“The section was closed for about ninety minutes, train delays were around that range, then they got shorter. It concerned all carriers,” said Petr Šťáhlavský, spokesman for Czech Railways.