Railway accident in Sekule

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August 14, 2022

The railway accident in Sekuly happened on Sunday, August 5, 1947 at 23:40 in Sekuly in western Slovakia on the Bratislava–Kúty railway line, 5 km from the Czech border. 19 people died and 18 were seriously injured.

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There was a partial shutdown on the railway line in the Sekule - Kúty section from August 3, and for that reason traffic was also limited. The section should only be driven at a speed of 30 km/h. On Sunday, August 5, the R9 Balkan Express international express train arrived from Prague to Bratislava and returned again on the same day, about an hour before midnight. The train driver of the express train from Bratislava to Prague did not respect the warning sign and entered the Sekulsk railway station at a speed of 92 km/h. He should have slowed down properly and crossed the switch from the second track to the first in front of the railway station. The train derailed, the steam engine overturned on its side, and its crew suffered only minor superficial injuries. More than 10 wagons were demolished and wedged together. 16 passengers died on the spot and 3 others later. 18 people were seriously injured, another 27, including three railway employees, were slightly injured. 20 million crowns worth of damage was caused. For the accident, the train driver from the Prague Masarykovo Nádraží depot was sentenced to more than 1 year of imprisonment unconditionally and dismissed from the service.

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