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11 killed in Argentina transport collision

09-14-2011 17:00 BJT

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In Argentina, eleven commuters have been killed and hundreds left injured after a crash during morning rush hour. The accident happened in Buenos Aires after a bus tried to cross railroad tracks, but ended up smashing into two oncoming trains.

No way to start the day. As well as the driver who caused the accident, eight others died at the scene. And over two hundred passengers - including children - were injured. About 20 of those are in a critical condition. It took hours to complete the rescue as the vehicles were so intertwined.

Death toll in Argentina train crash rise to 11 on Tuesday and at least 228 were injured after two trains and a public bus collided in a major crash in the heart of the Argentine capital Buenos Aires.

Costanza, a bus passenger, said, "I did see people and blood everywhere, people lying on the floor and also people stepping over you, desperate to get off."

This video, taken from the street, shows how the bus was able to get onto the tracks. It's not yet known why the barrier didn't go all the way down - or why the bus driver took such a high risk.

Ines, a resident in the neighborhood, said, "When I went out, it was alone on the block. There weren't any other cars, there was no traffic congestion, and the bus driver had no reason to cross the railway crossing. It was imprudence."

The collision happened during early morning rush hour. There are hundreds of street-level train crossings in Buenos Aires - but the line where the accident occurred has more than any other in the city.

With over 250 lives claimed on the capital's tracks last year, the death toll from this latest tragedy brings the danger of these level crossings into focus once again.

Death toll in Argentina train crash rise to 11 on Tuesday and at least 228 were injured after two trains and a public bus collided in a major crash in the heart of the Argentine capital Buenos Aires.

 

Death toll in Argentina train crash rise to 11 on Tuesday and at least 228 were injured after two trains and a public bus collided in a major crash in the heart of the Argentine capital Buenos Aires.


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