Favourable statistics of accidents at level crossings for the 1st period of this year. The number of collisions is lower by half than last year!


Prague, 1st April 2011 – By comparing the 1st quarter of this year and the 1st quarter of 2010, we can see a substantial decrease in number of accidents at level crossings and another favourable decrease was registered in terms of consequences of these collisions. While last year, there were 82 collision cases during the 1st quarter, this year the same period shows a decrease of half, i.e. 41 cases.

Last year, the total of 13 persons died as a result of these accidents at level crossings; this year this sad statistics showed a decrease to 3 fatalities. More information is available in the table below, presenting comparison of accidents at level crossings for the 1st period of 2009, 2010 and 2011.

Year Period Accidents Fatalities Injured Damage total in CZK
2009 1. Q 46 7 13 14 000 000
2010 1. Q 82 13 32 23 000 000
2011 1. Q 41 3 46 10 000 000

The Railway Infrastructure Administration, state organization (SŽDC) keeps investing more financial means in the protection of level crossings. This year, the management of the company pushed a record amount of CZK 370 million through. These funds from the State Fund for Transport Infrastructure will be invested in equipping the level crossings with flashing light crossing signals, possibly supplemented with gates. SŽDC will continue to take precautionary measures as well as to invest in the enhancement of safety at the level crossings. Regular meetings with regional transport commissions proceed with a view to selecting such level crossings which urgently need to be invested in.


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