Rescuers search for survivors after train crash kills 16 in Poland
From Marilia Brocchetto, CNN
March 4, 2012 — Updated 1329 GMT (2129 HKT)
- NEW: A U.S. citizen is among the dead, consulate confirms
- NEW: Finding more survivors is unlikely, duty officer says
- At least 60 people are injured
- The rescue operation is complicated, a firefighter says
(CNN) — Rescuers combed through mangled wreckage early Sunday searching for survivors after two passenger trains collided in southern Poland, leaving at least 16 dead.
An American citizen was among the dead, said a spokesman with the U.S. Consulate in Krakow.
In addition to the fatalities, the collision Saturday night injured at least 60 others, according to the Polish State Fire Brigade.
Authorities are “almost sure there will be no living persons inside the wreckage,” said Marcin Kopczynski, the duty officer. “We are using dogs to see if there are any living persons inside but no signs yet.”
A firefighter described the rescue operation at the crash site in Szczekociny as complicated.
“The damage (to) the wagons is huge. We have contact with victims. We approach very cautiously,” firefighter Jaroslaw Wojtasik told CNN’s Polish affiliate TVN.
More than 100 passengers who were not injured were evacuated to Warsaw, authorities said.
CNN’s Joyce Joseph contributed to this report.
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