Train crashed with school bus and left 10 injured

Argentina, March 5, 2012

Alejandro Collia, Minister of Health of Buenos Aires, confirmed that a total of 7 children and 3 adults were injured as a result of the accident. The level crossing is at the Otamendi station and has no barriers. Several witnesses testified that the boys had warned the driver about the danger of crossing the level crossing. 

For his part, Miguel Sanchez, chief of the Volunteer Fire Men, said the accident occurred around 7:45 am. The bus was transporting children between 7 and 12 years, when he was hit by a freight train at kilometer 69 of Route 9. The school bus was carrying students and teachers on their way to a school.

Collia said “there are seven boys and three adults wounded, all with minor injuries except a senior who has a fractured femur”.

He added that the bus stopped on the tracks by a mechanical problem and the train dragged. It was a freight train that was going at a slow speed, so the injuries are luckily minor”.

School bus drivers and railway formation were delayed.

Juan Jose Maraggi, prosecutor for the case, reported that the transportation was contracted by the School Board, and according to the testimony of the children and parents, there “were more people than the amount allowed”.

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