Trains collide in Croatia, killing at least 3 and injuring 11

A passenger train and a freight train collided Friday evening in central Croatia, killing at least three people and injuring at least 11 others, authorities said.

The collision occurred around 9:30 p.m. near the town of Novska, near the border between Croatia and Bosnia, police said in a statement.

“The impact was huge,” said Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic, who rushed to the scene with other government officials.

Plenkovic confirmed that so far the bodies of three people have been found at the crash site, but he added that more victims could still be found in the morning.

The injured were hospitalized, some with serious injuries but none in life-threatening condition, he added.

“It’s night, there is no light, we don’t know at the moment if there are other victims,” ​​Plenkovic said.

The cause of the collision was not immediately clear.

The passenger train was a local line carrying 13 people, while only the engine driver was on the freight train, Plenkovic said. He said foreign citizens were among the injured.

Officials said both trains derailed after the collision. An investigation has been opened to determine the causes of the collision.

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