Polish driver convicted for causing Czech train crash
PR dla Zagranicy
A Czech court has sentenced a Polish lorry driver to eight-and-a-half years in prison for causing a fatal train crash.
Picture: Flickr.com/Matt Thorpe
in July last year, Sławomir Sondaj, 50, drove his lorry onto a level crossing near the eastern Czech town of Studenka, even though a red light was flashing, warning of an approaching train.
Then a Pendolino passenger service ploughed into his lorry. The Polish driver escaped unhurt but three passengers were killed and 20 injured. The train driver lost his leg.
Sondaj told a court in the Czech town of Novy Jicin: “The barriers [on the crossing] were raised and for me that meant I could go.”
But the judge dismissed Sondaj’s account as “simply absurd.”
He said: “Both here and in Poland the principle is that when the red light is on, access [to a crossing] is not permitted." (pk)