On February 17, 2023, traffic on the double-track line between Stráží nad Ohří and Perštejn was stopped by a fallen tree that damaged the trolleys.
Stráž nad Ohří (Karlovary region) – Traffic on the double-track railway line between Stráž nad Ohří in Karlovy Vary and Perštejn in Chomutovska was stopped in the morning by a fallen tree that damaged the trolley and a passenger train crashed into it. No one was hurt, but according to Czech Railways, the train is badly damaged. Transportation in the section after the accident is provided by replacement buses. The Railway Administration does not expect service to resume until around midnight, the damage to the track is estimated at seven million crowns, administration spokesman Jan Nevola told ČTK. The restriction concerns the main line between Cheb and Chomutov. According to Nevola, detectives were at the scene of the accident due to the suspicion of someone else's fault. According to initial police information, however, the trees were most likely blown down by the wind.
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According to the Czech Railways website, a passenger train crashed into the fallen tree shortly after 05:30. “Fortunately, no one was hurt after the train collided with a tree near Stráž nad Ohří. However, there was significant damage to the RegioShark motor car. It will take a long time to get it back on the track and the repair will be expensive,” the carrier wrote on Twitter. “The cabin, the windshield, the automatic coupler are damaged,” explained Petr Šťáhlavský, a spokesman for České drah. However, the carrier has not yet determined the amount of damage.
“The scope of the damage is fundamental and large,” he said of the damage on the Nevola track. According to him, approximately one hundred meters of traction line above both tracks are damaged, the damage is estimated at seven million crowns. Trains could return to the track around midnight. “After 18:00, we should know a more precise date for the resumption of traffic,” the spokesman added.
According to the spokeswoman for the police of the Ústí Region, Miroslava Glogovská, the train crashed into trees in the cadastre of the village of Okounov. “The police are investigating the case to clarify the cause of the trees falling. According to the initial investigation, it was apparently a gust of wind that uprooted the trees. Some fell on the electric traction, some on the tracks. However, the trees were also uprooted, so apparently it was not the fault of the person, ” said ČTK Glogovská.
Replacement buses run between Stráž nad Ohří and Perštejn stations. Passengers must transfer to them from express trains, which, according to the Czech Railways website, are delayed by tens of minutes. Passengers from passenger trains also have to use replacement buses.
Operation on the same line between Cheb and Chomutov was stopped for about seven hours on Wednesday night by an accident in which a passenger and an express collided at the level crossing between the Cheb and Tršnice stops train to passenger car. No one was injured then. Cheb criminal investigators are investigating the matter as a suspected offense of public endangerment due to negligence, the police said on Twitter on Thursday. The 50-year-old driver with his car got stuck in the railway yard, tried to free the car, but did not report the matter to the emergency line 112. Anyone who is stuck at a level crossing should report to the line the number of the level crossing, which is on the back of the barrier box or on the back warning cross if there are no barriers.