Five killed after truck crashes into train leaving carriages stricken in ditch

Five people have died and more than 10 injured after a pick-up truck crashed into a train in southern Hungary, police said. A carriage was derailed during the incident shortly before 5am GMT on Tuesday at a crossing in Mindszent, near the Hungarian-Serbian border. It fell into a ditch and pictures of the scene show it lying stricken on its side.

The heavily damaged truck has also been snapped, with debris strewn across the tracks. All those killed are understood to have been in the truck, though injuries occurred in both vehicles. The truck was registered in Hungary and was carrying local workers, she added.

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A carriage left lying on its side at the scene (REUTERS)

“Rescue efforts are still ongoing, thus we cannot establish the number of casualties,” a police spokesperson said. Local news site showed a photograph with the train carriage on its side, and a helicopter ambulance and several ambulance cars at the scene.

The state railway company said a train on its way from Kiskunfelegyhaza to Hodmezovasarhely had crashed with a truck, derailing a carriage with 22 passengers, of whom two were severely injured and a further eight lightly injured.

Five killed after truck crashes into train leaving carriages stricken in ditchEveryone in the truck is said to have been killed (REUTERS)

The truck drove onto the tracks, ignoring the red lights, it said. Firefighters from Hodmezovasarhely, Szentes and Szeged, were called to the scene, as well as volunteer responders from Szabolcs. Mavinform reported on its website that the light barrier was working well, but the van was driving in front of the train despite the prohibited sign.

Due to the location and the technical rescue, replacement buses are expected to run between Szentes and Hodmezovasarhely by Wednesday morning, it added.

Csongrad-Csanad county police have closed the road as rescue efforts continue.

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