Statistics show that the number of collisions with animals on Czech roads has increased markedly in recent years. What is more, experts warn that the real figure is actually much higher, due to the limited scope of available statistics. The main reasons include high numbers of deer and current agriculture policy, but potentially also the impact of drought.
Although billions of crowns are spent on the modernization of Czech roads every year, being on the road in this country is not always a pleasant experience. Czech drivers are reputed to be inconsiderate, aggressive and inclined to take risks. And finding a solution to the problem has been an issue of heated debate for years.
The Prague ring road, which was blocked by a serious accident on Thursday,
reopened to drivers late on Friday morning.
One person was killed and 14 were injured in a head-on collision of a prison service bus transporting nine prisoners and ten security guards with a lorry carrying two veteran tanks to Plzen to be used in the end-of-war celebrations this weekend.
A fire broke out immediately after the collision in which the bus was completely destroyed and the lorry and tanks damaged.
The accident happened near Řeporyje, in the direction of the airport. The cause of the accident is being investigated.
Last year 565 people died on Czech roads, which was 63 more than the
previous year and the highest figure in three years. Numbers presented by
the police on Tuesday morning also showed that the deaths of motorcyclists
increased by over 40 percent in 2018.
Transport police were called out to over 100,000 traffic accidents last year, the division’s chief, Tomáš Lerch, told journalists.
Almost 2,500 people were left with serious injuries after collisions in 2018. Over 25,000 suffered minor injuries.
A bus collided with a Polish lorry near the town of Řehořov in the
Jihlava region, on Monday, injuring ten people, three of them seriously.
The others suffered medium to light injuries.
The Icom Transport company bus turned on its side into a ditch, complicating rescue work. Due to heavy fog helicopters were unable to take off so rescue workers had to rely on ambulances alone. The lorry driver was uninjured. The cause of the accident is being investigated.
A total of 410 people died on Czech roads in the first nine months of 2018,
which is 43 more than in the same period last year, the head of the
country’s traffic police, Tomáš Lerch, announced at a press conference
Most people died in head-on collisions or in accidents caused by speeding. On the other hand, the number of alcohol-related accidents has dropped to 21, which is 13 fewer than in the previous year.
In July and August the Czech police investigated almost 18,000 traffic
accidents in which 119 people lost their lives. While the number of road
deaths was 18 higher than in summer 2017, the general trend is declining
and this year’s numbers were the second lowest since 1990, the police
said on Thursday.
Unlike deaths, accident numbers have been constantly rising for several years, not just in summer but all year round. Police attribute the trend to a rise in vehicle numbers and heavier traffic.
The number of road deaths in the Czech Republic in July and August was
one-fifth higher than in the same period last year. While 101 people died
on the roads in the holiday months of 2017 this year the figure was 121.
The director of the country’s traffic police, Tomáš Lerch, said the unusually hot weather was definitely one factor behind the increase, Czech Television reported.
A large number of motorcyclists and cyclists took to the roads in the summer and such road users accounted for over a third of all deaths in August.
Fatal auto accidents were caused in many cases by tiredness and a lack of attentiveness, the police said.
Fourteen people were injured when a passenger train ploughed into a tractor
near the town of Písek on Tuesday. The tractor driver allegedly ignored
the red lights on the crossing. Six people were taken to hospital, eight
were treated by paramedics on the spot.
The track will remain closed to traffic for the rest of the day and Czech Railways has arranged a replacement bus service for passengers.
A motorist was killed and two others were injured in a collision on the D1
highway on Friday morning. The tragedy unfolded near Prague when the driver
of a tanker truck drove into oncoming traffic.
The person who died was in a personal vehicle; one of the people injured was hospitalized.
The crash saw massive amounts of heating fuel leak from the tanker onto the road, leading to the highway being closed in both directions.
The accident took place shortly after 8 am.