A packed commuter
train ploughed into the buffers at a Buenos Aires station during
morning rush hour on Wednesday, killing at least 49 people and injuring
more than 600 others, officials said.
They said the train was unable
to stop, presumably due to faulty brakes, and it slammed into the
buffers inside the centrally located "Once" station. More than 800
passengers were aboard the train, state news agency Telam reported.A police spokesman said 49 people had been killed.
train entered the Once station at 26 kilometres per hour (16 mph)... we
suppose there was some flaw in the brakes," Transport Secretary Juan
Pablo Schiavi was quoted as telling Telam.Hundreds
of thousands of people travel into Argentina's capital from the suburbs
every day. The dilapidated and overcrowded rail services, run by
private companies and heavily subsidized by the state, are plagued by
accidents and delays.
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