At least 14 people have been killed and 54 injured in a head-on train crash in Poland.
It happened late on Saturday evening in the south of the country.
Hundreds of rescue workers rushed to the scene to be confronted by distraught survivors climbing onto the mangled wreckage of passenger carriages.
A firefighter told Polish TV that the damage was huge and the rescue is proving difficult and complicated.
“I felt the blow. I hit the person in front of me. The lights went out. Everything flew. We flew over the compartment like bags. We could hear screams. We prayed,” he said.
The scale of the catastrophe prompted Prime Minister Donald Tusk and his Interior Minister to rush to the scene.
It’s not yet clear how the accident happened but it’s one of the worst rail disasters in Poland in recent years. The force of the collision caused the carriages to jack-knife.
Injured passengers were carried away on stretchers while others huddled under blankets.
Some were still trapped in the wreckage when the emergency services arrived and the exact number of dead and injured may not be known for some time.
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