Nine dead after minibus and Polish train collide image

Nine people have been killed after a train hit a minibus on a level crossing in the Polish town of Bratoszewice in central Poland.

The BBC reports the overcapacity six-person minibus collided with the train at an unguarded crossing.
The force of the collision hurled the bus 30 meters down the track, a police officer said.

“The impact was so strong that we cannot even recognize the make of the vehicle, ” the officer, Krzysztof Zielinski, told broadcaster TVN 24. “None of the train passengers was hurt.”

“Eight passengers on the bus were killed at the site of the accident. Two injured persons were taken to hospital and one succumbed to their injuries a few hours later,” Joanna Kacka, police spokeswoman in Lodz, central Poland told AFP.

Some 243 people have been killed on Polish roads this summer, making them some of the most dangerous in Europe.