In Poland 18 hurt as train ploughs into lorry

A train crashed into a lorry at a level crossing in Poland on Friday, injuring 18 passengers, seven seriously.

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Emergency services work at the scene of a collision between a train and a truck in Schodnia, south Poland, on April 7, 2017 play

Emergency services work at the scene of a collision between a train and a truck in Schodnia, south Poland, on April 7, 2017

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A train crashed into a lorry at a level crossing in Poland on Friday, injuring 18 passengers, seven seriously.

The injured were airlifted to hospitals, Pawel Fratczak, a spokesman for Polish national firefighters, told AFP.

"The train was carrying between 250 and 300 passengers. One of the carriages derailed," he said, adding that an investigation was underway to establish the cause of the crash.

The accident occurred on Friday afternoon at a level crossing near the town of Ozimek, in southwest Poland.

Fratczak said that the lorry driver was not injured in the accident.

But pictures in local media show his truck was completely wrecked.

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