Nine people injured in train-truck collision near Keila

According to the North rescue center, the number of people injured when a passenger train and truck collided at the Kulna railway crossing near the town of Keila in Harju County on Tuesday morning has grown to nine.

The accident took place at 8:30 a.m. at the Kulna railway crossing in the rural municipality of Keila when an Elron passenger train and a truck collided and two of the train's carriages derailed.

"According to current information, the ambulance took nine people to the hospital -- the truck driver, the train driver, the train attendant and six passengers who were on the train," the North rescue center said at 10:30 a.m.

The train was a passenger train on the way from Riisipere to Tallinn. There are buses at the scene for transporting passengers. Traffic is disrupted at the scene. Rescuers have concluded active rescue work and the incident is now being handled by the police.

Truck, train drivers seriously injured

The police said that the drivers of both the passenger train and the truck that collided near the town of Keila in Harju County on Tuesday morning were seriously injured, while seven other people suffered injuries as a result of the accident.

The emergency center received a call at 8:30 a.m. notifying of a collision involving a truck and a passenger train that took place at the Kulna railway crossing in the rural municipality of Keila. According to initial information, the passenger train was on its way from Riisipere toward Tallinn when it collided with a truck at the Kulna railway crossing. As a result of the collision, the locomotive and first carriage derailed.

As a result of the collision, the truck was so severely deformed that the rescuers had to cut the driver out of the vehicle. At present there is knowledge of nine injured people. Those seriously injured are the train driver, a 50-year-old man, and the 49-year-old man who drove the truck. Seven other people that were on the train were taken to hospital.

Head of operations at the North prefecture Urmet Tambre said that the causes of the serious traffic accident are being determined. "Preliminary information about the people taken to hospital can be asked for from the information line 612 3000. Police officers are regulating traffic at the scene of the accident. Train traffic at the scene and the highway section from the Vana-Haapsalu road toward Ohtu will be closed for at least 24 hours," Tambre said, suggesting that drivers choose an alternative route.