Solidarity message from ETF following railway accident in Czechia

16 Jul 2020

The ETF is shocked and saddened to learn about the terrible rail accident on 14 July 2020 near Prague. The collision between two trains resulted in the death of one of the train drivers, and 35 injured. ETF presents its sincere condolences to the family, loved ones, friends and colleagues of the train driver, and express solidarity with our Czech railway affiliate, OSŽ, and all railway workers in this difficult time.

This is the second fatal accident in just over a week on the Czech railway network.  On July 7, a train collision killed two people and injured 24 in northwest Czechia near the border with Germany. These two terrible accidents show just how vital it is to fight for railway safety, for safe working conditions and against financial cuts to ensure passengers’ and railway workers’ safety in both freight and passenger transport. We hope that the independent investigation reveals the full range of causes and that concrete measures will be implemented to avoid such accidents in the future.