Horses on train track cause collision in Czechia

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A collision between a train and a herd of horses has been reported in the Czech region of Domažlice.

On the afternoon of Sunday 6 November, local police received reports of a collision between the horses and the train, shortly after 3pm. No passengers were injured but five horses were killed. 

Reports by Czech website state that the train driver tried to prevent the collision by braking quickly, but unfortunately was unable to prevent the crash. Five horses from a herd of ten were killed in the tragedy that took place near the town of Svržno.

None of the six passengers on the train were injured, but it is expected that the cost of the damage to the vehicle is around 150,000 CZK (around 6,150 euros). 

The circumstances of the case are being investigated by the police, with the animals reportedly having broken through their enclosure. However, local reports suggested the possiblity that the fence may have been damaged intentionally. This version of events has not been confirmed by police who have instead said they are “waiting for an explanation from the owner of the animal”. 

As a result of the collision operations on the regional train line were disrupted, with bus services provided. The driver was required to take a breathalyser test, which returned negative. 

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