Court clears all ten charged in connection with Studenka tragedy

The regional court in Nový Jičín has acquitted all 10 people standing trial in the case of a collapsed bridge in Studénka which caused a serious train crash in 2008. The bridge collapsed just minutes before a passenger train ploughed into the debris. Eight people died in the accident, dozens of others were injured and the damage amounted to around 180 million crowns.

The judge ruled that since experts were unable to say what exactly caused the bridge to collapse he could not attach the blame to any given person. Those charged in the case include civil engineers from the firm contracted with the renovation of the bridge. Families of the victims have expressed deep disappointment over the verdict.