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Wreck Kills Youths On Way To A Dance

Runaway freight cars loaded with wood and scrap metal raced down a hill and smashed into a train packed with youths headed to a dance, officials said Sunday.

Eighteen people were killed.

Railroad officials said a switching accident in this town about 60 miles east of Prague started the cars rolling 2 1/2 miles downhill into the path of the local train. Three railway employees faced criminal charges.