SZCZECHOCINY, Poland (Reuters) - Fourteen people were killed and at least 54 injured when two trains collided head-on in one of Poland's worst train crashes in several years.
Hundreds of firefighters rushed to the scene, where television footage showed some of them clambering into the mangled wreckage of a green-and-cream coloured carriage which had jack-knifed upwards from the force of the crash.
"The rescue is difficult and complicated," firefighter Jaroslaw Wojtasik told Polish television.
"The damage to the wagons is huge. We have contact with victims. We are approaching very cautiously."
"I felt the blow," said an unnamed survivor. "I hit the person before me. The lights went out. Everything flew. We flew over the compartment like bags. We could hear screams. We prayed."
With some passengers still trapped inside the wreckage, the injured were carried away on stretchers while others huddled under blankets.
The cause of the collision, which Transport Minister Slawomir Nowak described as "one of the worst railway accidents of the last few years," was not immediately clear.