An express train has crashed into a collapsed bridge in the Czech Republic leaving at least 10 people dead and 100 injured.

The accident occurred early this morning near the northeastern town of Studenka as the train travelled from the Polish city of Krakow to Prague.

A Czech railways spokesman said the train was travelling at 140km/h when it hit part of a road bridge which had fallen onto the track.

However it is understood the bridge may have collapsed on to the leading carriages of the train as it was passing underneath.

The locomotive and three passenger carriages were derailed.

16 fire brigade units with 30 vehicles had been sent to the scene, along with ambulances and helicopters to ferry the injured to local hospitals.

There were about 400 people aboard the train, including a large number of young music-lovers on their way to a festival in the central town of Pardubice.