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1 Dead, 14 Hurt in Czech Train Crash

May 10, 2002

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PRAGUE, Czech Republic (AP) _ A freight train carrying U.S. military equipment collided with another train in the Czech Republic on Friday, killing a train engineer and injuring 14 U.S. soldiers.

The train laden with air defense equipment was traveling to a military exercise near the town of Karlovy Vary, 80 miles west of Prague, said Vladimir Palan, a Czech military spokesman said.

The U.S. troops were from the Army’s 1st Infantry Division, which is based in Wuerzburg, Germany.

The driver of the second freight train died.

None of the U.S. soldiers were considered to have life-threatening injuries. Three were taken to Prague’s military hospital while eight others were treated at a hospital near the accident. Three were treated at the scene, said Capt. Michael Bush, an Army spokesman.

By midday, five soldiers had been released from the hospital near the crash, Bush said.

The soldiers were in the Czech Republic to support the division’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team maneuver exercise ``Duke Gauntlet″ together with about 1,200 U.S. troops, Bush said.

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