Derailed Pendolino moved to depot for repairs, investigation underway

02-12-2007

A train which derailed on the outskirts of Prague on Saturday has been moved to a depot for repairs, even as officials continue their investigation. Damages to the vehicle have been estimated at around 25 million crowns. The spokesman for Czech Railways confirmed on Saturday that track at the site of the accident had been pre-cut, indicating an act of sabotage. But the Railways Inspection has so far confirmed only that the track was damaged. Nobody was hurt when the train, a Pendolino, derailed shortly before 12 pm on Saturday; the train driver noticed something wrong and pulled the emergency brake, slowing the vehicle before it went off the rails. Police have so far filed charges against an unknown assailant for endangering the public.