( dpa ) - Eight people died after their van crashed into a truck in one of the Czech Republic's most deadly car accidents in five years, a rescue official said.
The accident occurred 55 kilometres north-west of Prague, the spokesman for regional firemen Lukas Marvan said.
"The police are investigating what happened," Marvan said. "At this moment the firefighters are beginning to extricate the victims."
The two vehicles and another passenger car crashed at around 6:30 pm near the town of Panensky Tynec on a road from Prague towards the German border, he said.
The accident appears to have been the most deadly since 20 people died in a crash near the village of Nazidla in southern Czech Republic in 2003, CTK news agency reported.