The Šakvice train disaster occurred on 24 December 1953 in Czechoslovakia (now the Czech Republic). A local train was standing at the Šakvice station near Brno, when the Prague-Bratislava express ran into it, resulting in 103 deaths and a further 83 injured. The Ministry of the Interior said there was gross negligence by a number of railway men who had since been arrested. Other reports said that the express train crew had consumed a number of bottles of wine. Other sources have over 100 or 186 deaths.
This rail accident was one of the 20 most serious rail accidents by death toll to 1953.
^Conly, Geoff & Stewart, Graham: Tragedy on the Track: Tangiwai & other New Zealand Railway Accidents (Wellington NZ, Grantham House, 1986) ISBN978-1-86934-008-7 (page 181; list of 20 most serious rail accidents by deaths to 1953)