Argentine Commuter Train Wrecks, 80 Injured
A commuter train in the Argentine capital of Buenos Aires has crashed at the end of the line at the Once station on Saturday, injuring at least 80 people.
The station is the site of the 2012 Buenos Aires rail disaster, also known as the Once Tragedy, which occurred on February 22, 2012. Fifty-one people died in that crash, and 700 were injured.
Unbelievable. Another train crash on the Sarmiento line in Buenos Aires: http://t.co/58QS4an6M3
— Kari Paul (@kari_paul) October 19, 2013
— Claudia Pompa (@claupompa) June 13, 2013
The train blew past buffers as it arrived at Once, shortly after 10 a.m. GMT, and ended up wedged between the floor and ceiling of the platform. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.
The line the train was on came from Moreno, which is roughly 25 miles west of Buenos Aires. The train is operated by a company called Sarmiento, and is typically a very busy and overcrowded commuter line.
According to Security Secretary Sergio Berni, some commuters waiting on the platform were injured by flying glass from the train’s windows.
Jorge Ramirez, a chef and train passenger, said, “I saw people hurt, shouting, others thrown on the floor. The people in the first wagon ended up piled on top of each other.”
In related news, in late September, two Chicago Transit Authority trains wrecked into one another in Forest Park, crushing part of at least one train car and sending several people to local hospitals. The investigation into the cause of that accident is still underway.
Earlier this month, a logging truck collided with a passenger train in West Virginia, killing one man, and injuring 20.
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