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Poland’s worst train crash in 20 years leaves 16 dead

By Sam Lister and AP

An investigation was under way last night after two trains running on the same track crashed head-on in southern Poland, leaving 16 people dead and 58 injured in the country's worst rail disaster in more than 20 years.

The accident near the town of Szczekociny, north of Krakow, happened on Saturday night after one of the trains ended up on the wrong track. The impact left hulks of mangled metal on the tracks, with carriages overturned and on their sides. Rescuers worked all night to find bodies and help the wounded.

David Cameron said last night he was “shocked and saddened” by the horrific crash. The Prime Minister wrote to Polish counterpart Donald Tusk to express his sympathy over the smash in Szczekociny, north of Krakow.

In a letter to the Polish premier, Mr Cameron wrote: “I wanted to send you and the families and friends of those killed my heartfelt sympathy and support at this very sad time.”

Maintenance work was being carried out on the tracks, but officials say it is too early to determine the cause of the disaster.

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