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Slovak bus-rail crash 'kills 11'


Footage from crash scene

At least 11 people have been killed in a collision between a train and a tourist coach in central Slovakia.

The accident happened on a level crossing near the town of Brezno as the coach was travelling to a ski resort, officials say.

The 36 people on the coach were all from Banovce-nad-Bebravou in western Slovakia, reports say.

The train - which was derailed in the crash - pushed the bus for tens of metres, said a rail spokeswoman.

"All the dead and injured were on the bus. There were only a few passengers on the train and they didn't suffer any serious injuries," said Martina Pavlikova, of Slovak Railways.

The scene of the crash is close to the popular ski resort of Polomka Bucnik.

Slovak news agency TASR said the collision occurred at about 0900 (0800 GMT) on Saturday.

It said the railway crossing had only light signals with no barriers to stop vehicles from crossing.

TASR said several of those injured were in a serious condition.

Two people with spinal injuries were airlifted to hospital in the town of Banska Bystrica, while others less seriously hurt were taken to hospital in Brezno, according to the news website.

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