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At least 4 people killed, 27 injured when trains collide in the Czech Republic, officials say

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At least 4 people killed, 27 injured when trains collide in the Czech Republic, officials say
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At least 4 people killed, 27 injured when trains collide in the Czech Republic, officials say

2024-06-07 05:14 Last Updated At:05:20

PRAGUE (AP) — A passenger train collided head-on with a freight train in the Czech Republic, killing at least four people and injuring 27 others, officials said Thursday.

Interior Minister Vít Rakušan said the crash took place late Wednesday night in the city of Pardubice, about 100 kilometers (62 miles) east of Prague. The high-speed passenger train belonged to the private RegioJet company.

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Firefighters stand by two trains that collided in Pardubice, Czech Republic Thursday, June 6, 2024. A passenger train collided head-on with a freight train in the Czech Republic, killing and injuring some people, officials said early Thursday. (AP Photo/Stanislav Hodina)

PRAGUE (AP) — A passenger train collided head-on with a freight train in the Czech Republic, killing at least four people and injuring 27 others, officials said Thursday.

Firefighters stand by two trains that collided in Pardubice, Czech Republic Thursday, June 6, 2024. A passenger train collided head-on with a freight train in the Czech Republic, killing and injuring some people, officials said early Thursday. (AP Photo/Stanislav Hodina)

Firefighters stand by two trains that collided in Pardubice, Czech Republic Thursday, June 6, 2024. A passenger train collided head-on with a freight train in the Czech Republic, killing and injuring some people, officials said early Thursday. (AP Photo/Stanislav Hodina)

Firefighters stand by two trains that collided in Pardubice, Czech Republic Thursday, June 6, 2024. A passenger train collided head-on with a freight train in the Czech Republic, killing and injuring some people, officials said early Thursday. (AP Photo/Stanislav Hodina)

Firefighters stand by two trains that collided in Pardubice, Czech Republic Thursday, June 6, 2024. A passenger train collided head-on with a freight train in the Czech Republic, killing and injuring some people, officials said early Thursday. (AP Photo/Stanislav Hodina)

In this photo released by Fire Department of Pardubice region, rescue workers help injured passengers after two trains collided in Pardubice, Czech Republic Thursday, June 6, 2024. A passenger train collided head-on with a freight train in the Czech Republic, killing and injuring some people, officials said early Thursday. (Fire Department of Pardubice region via AP)

In this photo released by Fire Department of Pardubice region, rescue workers help injured passengers after two trains collided in Pardubice, Czech Republic Thursday, June 6, 2024. A passenger train collided head-on with a freight train in the Czech Republic, killing and injuring some people, officials said early Thursday. (Fire Department of Pardubice region via AP)

In this photo released by Fire Department of Pardubice region, rescue workers help injured passengers after two trains collided in Pardubice, Czech Republic Thursday, June 6, 2024. A passenger train collided head-on with a freight train in the Czech Republic, killing and injuring some people, officials said early Thursday. (Fire Department of Pardubice region via AP)

In this photo released by Fire Department of Pardubice region, rescue workers help injured passengers after two trains collided in Pardubice, Czech Republic Thursday, June 6, 2024. A passenger train collided head-on with a freight train in the Czech Republic, killing and injuring some people, officials said early Thursday. (Fire Department of Pardubice region via AP)

In this photo released by Fire Department of Pardubice region, rescue workers help injured passengers after two trains collided in Pardubice, Czech Republic Thursday, June 6, 2024. A passenger train collided head-on with a freight train in the Czech Republic, killing and injuring some people, officials said early Thursday. (Fire Department of Pardubice region via AP)

In this photo released by Fire Department of Pardubice region, rescue workers help injured passengers after two trains collided in Pardubice, Czech Republic Thursday, June 6, 2024. A passenger train collided head-on with a freight train in the Czech Republic, killing and injuring some people, officials said early Thursday. (Fire Department of Pardubice region via AP)

This photo released by Fire Department of Pardubice region shows a collided train in Pardubice, Czech Republic Thursday, June 6, 2024. A passenger train collided head-on with a freight train in the Czech Republic, killing and injuring some people, officials said early Thursday. (Fire Department of Pardubice region via AP)

This photo released by Fire Department of Pardubice region shows a collided train in Pardubice, Czech Republic Thursday, June 6, 2024. A passenger train collided head-on with a freight train in the Czech Republic, killing and injuring some people, officials said early Thursday. (Fire Department of Pardubice region via AP)

Rakušan said none of the injured was in life-threatening condition.

Rescuers said 380 passengers were on board the train heading for the city of Kosice in eastern Slovakia and further to Chop across the border in Ukraine.

At least two Ukrainian women died in the crash, Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

“An official of the Consulate of Ukraine in (the Czech city of) Brno is at the scene and in constant contact with rescue and law enforcement agencies," it said.

Among the people who died were two Slovak women, the Slovak Foreign Ministry said.

The drivers of both trains survived, the local CTK news agency said.

Transport Minister Martin Kupka said the main track between Prague and the eastern part of the country had to be closed while authorities investigated the collision. It was only partially reopened nine hours later and the state-run train company, Czech Railways, advised that passengers should avoid using the route for the whole day.

The corridor in Pardubice, where the trains collided, is vital for Czech Railways.

Martin Drápal, a spokesperson for a state agency that investigates train crashes, said the driver of the train carrying passengers failed to halt the train at a stop sign. He said it was not immediately clear if that was caused by human error or a technical problem.

Prime Minister Petr Fiala called the crash a big tragedy and offered his condolences to the families of those killed. So did Radim Jančura, the owner of RegioJet, who said his company was ready to compensate the passengers.

Associated Press writer Illia Novikov in Kyiv, Ukraine, contributed to this report.

Firefighters stand by two trains that collided in Pardubice, Czech Republic Thursday, June 6, 2024. A passenger train collided head-on with a freight train in the Czech Republic, killing and injuring some people, officials said early Thursday. (AP Photo/Stanislav Hodina)

Firefighters stand by two trains that collided in Pardubice, Czech Republic Thursday, June 6, 2024. A passenger train collided head-on with a freight train in the Czech Republic, killing and injuring some people, officials said early Thursday. (AP Photo/Stanislav Hodina)

Firefighters stand by two trains that collided in Pardubice, Czech Republic Thursday, June 6, 2024. A passenger train collided head-on with a freight train in the Czech Republic, killing and injuring some people, officials said early Thursday. (AP Photo/Stanislav Hodina)

Firefighters stand by two trains that collided in Pardubice, Czech Republic Thursday, June 6, 2024. A passenger train collided head-on with a freight train in the Czech Republic, killing and injuring some people, officials said early Thursday. (AP Photo/Stanislav Hodina)

Firefighters stand by two trains that collided in Pardubice, Czech Republic Thursday, June 6, 2024. A passenger train collided head-on with a freight train in the Czech Republic, killing and injuring some people, officials said early Thursday. (AP Photo/Stanislav Hodina)

Firefighters stand by two trains that collided in Pardubice, Czech Republic Thursday, June 6, 2024. A passenger train collided head-on with a freight train in the Czech Republic, killing and injuring some people, officials said early Thursday. (AP Photo/Stanislav Hodina)

In this photo released by Fire Department of Pardubice region, rescue workers help injured passengers after two trains collided in Pardubice, Czech Republic Thursday, June 6, 2024. A passenger train collided head-on with a freight train in the Czech Republic, killing and injuring some people, officials said early Thursday. (Fire Department of Pardubice region via AP)

In this photo released by Fire Department of Pardubice region, rescue workers help injured passengers after two trains collided in Pardubice, Czech Republic Thursday, June 6, 2024. A passenger train collided head-on with a freight train in the Czech Republic, killing and injuring some people, officials said early Thursday. (Fire Department of Pardubice region via AP)

In this photo released by Fire Department of Pardubice region, rescue workers help injured passengers after two trains collided in Pardubice, Czech Republic Thursday, June 6, 2024. A passenger train collided head-on with a freight train in the Czech Republic, killing and injuring some people, officials said early Thursday. (Fire Department of Pardubice region via AP)

In this photo released by Fire Department of Pardubice region, rescue workers help injured passengers after two trains collided in Pardubice, Czech Republic Thursday, June 6, 2024. A passenger train collided head-on with a freight train in the Czech Republic, killing and injuring some people, officials said early Thursday. (Fire Department of Pardubice region via AP)

In this photo released by Fire Department of Pardubice region, rescue workers help injured passengers after two trains collided in Pardubice, Czech Republic Thursday, June 6, 2024. A passenger train collided head-on with a freight train in the Czech Republic, killing and injuring some people, officials said early Thursday. (Fire Department of Pardubice region via AP)

In this photo released by Fire Department of Pardubice region, rescue workers help injured passengers after two trains collided in Pardubice, Czech Republic Thursday, June 6, 2024. A passenger train collided head-on with a freight train in the Czech Republic, killing and injuring some people, officials said early Thursday. (Fire Department of Pardubice region via AP)

This photo released by Fire Department of Pardubice region shows a collided train in Pardubice, Czech Republic Thursday, June 6, 2024. A passenger train collided head-on with a freight train in the Czech Republic, killing and injuring some people, officials said early Thursday. (Fire Department of Pardubice region via AP)

This photo released by Fire Department of Pardubice region shows a collided train in Pardubice, Czech Republic Thursday, June 6, 2024. A passenger train collided head-on with a freight train in the Czech Republic, killing and injuring some people, officials said early Thursday. (Fire Department of Pardubice region via AP)

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Witt’s homer and Wacha’s seven scoreless innings lead Royals over White Sox, 7-1

2024-07-20 10:46 Last Updated At:10:51

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Michael Wacha pitched seven scoreless innings, Bobby Witt Jr. homered and drove in two runs and the Kansas City Royals beat the Chicago White Sox 7-1 on Friday night.

Witt drove Chris Flexen’s inside fastball above the left field bullpen for his 17th homer in the first inning. Witt added an RBI in the third on the second of his three hits for a 2-0 lead.

Since June 24, Witt has hit safely in 17 of 19 games, batting .403 with 12 extra-base hits.

Wacha (7-6) allowed four hits and a walk, striking out seven. He is 6-2 in his last 10 starts, surrendering no more than three earned runs in each.

Michael Massey’s two-out, two-run single highlighted the Royals’ five-run fifth. Kansas City has won five of its last seven.

Flexen (2-9) threw 4 2/3 innings, allowing seven runs on four hits and five walks. In 13 starts since his last win on May 8, he is 0-6.

Chicago's Korey Lee hit his ninth homer in the eighth inning.

Brooks Baldwin singled in his first at-bat in his major league debut, as the White Sox lost their fifth straight.

TRAINER’S ROOM

White Sox: Placed RHP Michael Soroka on the 15-day Injured List (retroactive to July 16) with a right shoulder strain.

Royals: Placed OF MJ Melendez on the 10-day Injured List (retroactive to July 15) with a left ankle sprain.

TRANSACTIONS

White Sox: signed free agent IF Nick Senzel, selected the contract of IF Brooks Baldwin, and recalled C Chuckie Robinson and RHP Steven Wilson, from Triple-A Charlotte, optioned IF Lenyn Sosa to Charlotte, and designated C Martin Maldonado and IF Danny Mendick for assignment, outrighting Mendick to Charlotte.

Royals: Recalled OF Drew Waters from Triple-A Omaha and designated RHP Nick Anderson for assignment.

UP NEXT

White Sox right-hander Jonathan Cannon (1-3, 4.41 ERA) opposes Royals right-hander Brady Singer (5-6, 3.20).

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Chicago White Sox center fielder Luis Robert Jr. catches a fly ball for the out on Kansas City Royals' Salvador Perez during the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, July 19, 2024, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Chicago White Sox center fielder Luis Robert Jr. catches a fly ball for the out on Kansas City Royals' Salvador Perez during the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, July 19, 2024, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Chicago White Sox catcher Korey Lee talks to starting pitcher Chris Flexen, right, during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals Friday, July 19, 2024, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Chicago White Sox catcher Korey Lee talks to starting pitcher Chris Flexen, right, during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals Friday, July 19, 2024, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Kansas City Royals' Salvador Perez beats the tag by Chicago White Sox catcher Korey Lee to score on a two-run single by Michael Massey during the fifth inning of a baseball game Friday, July 19, 2024, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Kansas City Royals' Salvador Perez beats the tag by Chicago White Sox catcher Korey Lee to score on a two-run single by Michael Massey during the fifth inning of a baseball game Friday, July 19, 2024, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Kansas City Royals' Michael Massey watches hit two-run single during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox Friday, July 19, 2024, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Kansas City Royals' Michael Massey watches hit two-run single during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox Friday, July 19, 2024, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Kansas City Royals' Hunter Renfroe is hit by a pitch thrown by Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Chris Flexen during the fifth inning of a baseball game Friday, July 19, 2024, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Kansas City Royals' Hunter Renfroe is hit by a pitch thrown by Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Chris Flexen during the fifth inning of a baseball game Friday, July 19, 2024, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Kansas City Royals' Maikel Garcia celebrates in the dugout after scoring on a sacrifice bunt hit by Adam Frazier during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox Friday, July 19, 2024, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Kansas City Royals' Maikel Garcia celebrates in the dugout after scoring on a sacrifice bunt hit by Adam Frazier during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox Friday, July 19, 2024, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Kansas City Royals' Bobby Witt Jr. watches his solo home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox Friday, July 19, 2024, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Kansas City Royals' Bobby Witt Jr. watches his solo home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox Friday, July 19, 2024, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Michael Wacha throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox Friday, July 19, 2024, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Michael Wacha throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox Friday, July 19, 2024, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Michael Wacha throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox Friday, July 19, 2024, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Michael Wacha throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox Friday, July 19, 2024, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

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