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High-speed train crash kills two in Czech Republic

Two passengers were killed when a high-speed train collided with a truck in eastern Czech Republic.

The crash occurred at 7.43am today local time at a rail crossing in the town of Studenka.

Thirteen people were injured, and three of them are in a critical condition.

Lukas Humpl, a spokesman for the rescuers, said the truck driver escaped unharmed.

The train was travelling from Bohumin to the western town of Frantiskovy Lazne. The major rail line that links Prague with the eastern part of the country has now been closed for an unspecified time.

Members of the Czech government were travelling by train at the same time in the opposite direction for a meeting in the eastern city of Ostrava.

Prime minister Bohuslav Sobotka, who visited the crash site with other officials, described it as "a serious, tragic accident" and offered his condolences to the victims' relatives.

Interior minister Milan Chovanec said the truck driver has been detained.

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