A 78-year-old driver behind the wheel of an Opel Corsa died on Thursday in Tabor when her vehicle was struck by another car driven by a local politician under the influence. Police arrested Aleš Lachout after testing and finding proof of alcohol in his blood. The accident took place at around 10 PM. The suspect is likely to be charged with drink driving, negligence resulting in death and for failing to provide first aid. The local branch of the party Mr Lachout was affiliated with has said it will expel him from its ranks.
One hundred and thirty-three people died in traffic accidents on Czech roads over the course of the summer holidays – three fewer than the same period last year and the lowest since 1990. Over the first eight months, however, the number of road fatalities increased by 21 year-on-year, traffic police chief Tomáš Lerch told journalists on Friday. The number could still change based on ongoing investigations where death may have been related to health problems and the accident itself was secondary.
A road bridge near the town of Havlíčkův Brod collapsed on Thursday afternoon, allegedly killing one person and wounding five others. The incident happened on a section of road which is under construction and is closed to traffic. The bridge allegedly collapsed while being dismantled by road workers. Rescue teams with dogs are now searching the rubble for any people who might be possibly buried underneath.
Czech Railways has two years, writes daily Mladá fronta Dnes, to adapt long-term strategies to ensure continued profits and growth. Until now, the state-owned firm relied heavy on the sale of property as a financial buffer but that "well" will soon run dry at a time when debts at the firm are on a rise.
Czech Railways is back in the black showing a profit of 158 million crowns at the end of the second quarter, the ctk news agency reports. The profit was generated mainly by revenues from passenger transport and cost-cutting measures in the areas of marketing and legal services. Freight transport showed a profit of 540 million.
Czech Railways has announced that the rail connection between the towns of Hradec Kralove and Pardubice will be out of operation for the next ten days due to maintenance. Passengers are being asked to use a replacement bus service. More information is available to Czech Railways website and its information offices.
Over 1,500 Harley-Davidson motorcycles roared through Prague on Saturday at the start of Prague Harley Days, a two-day get together of Harley owners and fans. The gathering which is expected to attract around 10,000 people, includes side events such as an exhibition of Harley veterans, demo-rides and a concert. Visitors will also be able to admire the newest Harley motorcycles – Rushmoore 2015 and Street 750.
State company Český Aeroholding plans to use almost CZK 38 million in incentives to support a proposed direct air route between the Czech Republic and China, a Czech Ministry of Transport spokesperson said after a meeting of Czech and Chinese officials on Wednesday. A condition for any airline that expresses interest in the route is a commitment to four flights a week for a period of at least five years. The City of Prague and Czech Tourism also plan incentives for a route that would increase the number of Chinese visitors.
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