Twenty of the wounded are in serious condition. The accident could have been product of the recklessness of the driver of the bus, which was not stopped despite the high signal to the passing of the train. At least eleven people were killed and 228 were injured Tuesday in a crash between a train and a bus in the station of the populous neighborhood of Flores, in the geographical center of the capital of Argentina, official sources reported. Seven people died in the place of the tragedy, where firefighters continued working among the twisted irons, and four died in the hospital to which they were transferred. Among those injured there at least 20 seriously ill, who remain hospitalized, said to the press director of the service’s attention medical emergency (SAME), Alberto Crescenti. The accident occurred a few meters from the station of flowers when a train that was heading from the capital the country West of greater Buenos Aires rammed a bus full of passengers who jumped the level crossing, according to said several witnesses and it was seen in a security camera. The bus was crushed to be dragged by the train, which derailed and collided with another one that was standing at the station, added the sources.
The injured, including the driver of the damaged train suffered fractures in the legs, even though he is out of danger, were resulting into half a dozen hospitals in the city. Possible imprudence bus, whose driver died, crossed the step level when the barriers were down, but we are going to wait for the results of the expert opinions and the recordings to determine if that was so, said the spokesman for the railway company trains de Buenos Aires (TBA), Gustavo Gago. The spokesman added that if so, it would be an imprudent and reckless attitude of the bus driver. The Argentine Secretary of transportation, Juan Pablo Schiavi, assured that the level crossing barriers worked operationally well when responding to other witnesses who expressed otherwise. We have verification that the barrier was not raised, said Schiavi before you remember that a few years ago it was conducted a public hearing to build a tunnel in the area and that consultation gave refusal.
Various news media broadcast images from a security camera that reveal that the barrier was 45 degrees and that the bus proceeded slowly until being hit by the train. Service, paralyzed accident, occurred in public transport rush hour, paralysed the rail service Sarmiento, which connects Buenos Aires with the Western periphery of the capital of argentina and it is estimated that it carries around 700,000 passengers a month. The Government of Buenos Aires has a program to replace barriers with tunnels and bridges, but the initiative advances to step slowly due to funding problems, in some cases, and politicians, in others, in addition to complaints from neighbors who have lodged appeals amparo in justice. There are 103 level crossings in the Argentine capital.