49 dead in Argentine train crash

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iol news pic argentina train accident REUTERS Trapped passengers from a commuter train that crashed into the Once train station at rush hour are seen in a coach in Buenos Aires February 22, 2012. A train crashed in Buenos Aires on Wednesday and media reported that at least 49 had been killed, while officials said some 600 others had been injured. The train was unable to stop and slammed into barriers inside a busy, centrally located station during the morning rush hour, officials said. REUTERS/Julio Sanders

Buenos Aires - A packed commuter train plowed 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.

“The train entered the Once station at 26 kilometers 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.

In September, two commuter trains crashed into a city bus, killing 11 people. And one year ago, four people died during another train accident. - Reuters

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Mark, wrote

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09:41pm on 22 February 2012
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I wonder why the Falkland island folks don't want to be Argentinian .

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KissMe, wrote

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08:56pm on 22 February 2012
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Privatisation can be devastating. It seems Argentinians have not learnt from their past mistakes.

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