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Video footage of the Czech train crash

A Czech train bound for Prague from Krakow, Poland, crashed into a collapsed road bridge on Friday, killing six passengers and injuring 41, authorities said.

The accident occurred Friday when a Eurocity train traveling from the southern Polish city of Krakow to the Czech capital Prague slammed into a road bridge which collapsed during construction seconds before the train's passage.

The EuroCity 108 train hit the collapsed bridge, derailing four cars at 10.30am local time outside a station in Studenka, about 300 kilometers (186 miles) east of Prague.

Construction work on the bridge has been ongoing since 16 April, according to a notice on the Studenka town website.

Czech Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek, who called the crash the worst train accident in 10 years, visited the site, along with Deputy Prime Minister Jiri Cunek and Transportation Minister Ales Rebicek.

The freak nature of the accident was underlined when rail investigators later revealed that the train had been running 10 minutes late as it approached the metal bridge near Studenka in the northwest of the country.

It was the worst rail accident in the Czech Republic since June 1995, when 19 mainly young people were killed when a local train derailed at Kruna.

An interior ministry spokeswoman said the train was carrying 123 people, including a large group of Czech, Polish and Slovakian youths making for a rock concert by British heavy metal band Iron Maiden at a Prague football stadium on Friday night.

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