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Seven Die After Buenos Aires Train Hits Bus at Crossing

September 13, 2011

(Updates with cause of crash in first paragraph.)

Sept. 13 (Bloomberg) -- At least seven people died and 214 were injured in Buenos Aires early today when a train crashed into a bus and then veered off the tracks to collide with another train.

Video shot by a city government security camera showed the train hitting a bus that had passed a half-closed level crossing barrier and then careering into a second train that was stopped at an adjacent railway station.

Police spokesman Fernando Sostre said seven people had died in the accident, which occurred at 6:15 a.m. local time (5:15 a.m. New York time) in the city’s Flores neighborhood. TV channels Todo Noticias and C5N put the death toll at nine, without specifying where they obtained the information.

Rescue workers recovered corpses and sent 214 people to local hospitals, according to a statement by the city government.

Television footage showed helicopters lifting wounded from the wreckage and cranes removing debris.

The trains, belonging to the Trenes de Buenos Aires SA railroad company, were on a commuter line that links the center of the capital with its western suburbs.

--With assistance from Bill Faries in Buenos Aires. Editors: Richard Jarvie, Harry Maurer

To contact the reporter on this story: Eliana Raszewski in Buenos Aires at eraszewski@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Joshua Goodman at jgoodman19@bloomberg.net


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