Train crashes onto platform in Argentina leaving 99 passengers injured

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Train crashes onto platform in Argentina leaving 99 passengers injured
Train crashes onto platform in Argentina leaving 99 passengers injured


At least 99 people have been injured after a commuter train slammed into the end of the line when arriving at the Once Central station in Buenos Aires, Argentina, early on Saturday morning.

Paramedics rescued scores of wounded commuters but, according to Security Secretary Sergio Berni, authorities did not yet know why the train failed to stop, crashing through the bumper at the end of the line, leaving some carriages on the platform.

According to Sky News, local health chief Graciela Reybaud said: "Ninety-nine patients have been treated at Buenos Aires hospitals due to the accident."

Train crashes onto platform in Argentina leaving 99 passengers injured
Train crashes onto platform in Argentina leaving 99 passengers injured

The injured were taken to around a dozen hospitals via 30 ambulances and two helicopters.

Mr Berni said that some of those injured on Saturday had been waiting on the platform and were hurt by flying glass from the train's smashed windows.

According to the BBC, Jorge Ramirez, a chef who got on the train nine stations before the end of the line, told the AP news agency the accident was "a tragedy".

He said: "I saw people hurt, shouting, others thrown on the floor. The people in the first wagon ended up piled on top of each other."

Sky News reports that passengers became enraged with the driver, who was injured but not seriously. Riot police were called into take control of an angry mob that formed outside the station.

The accident happened at the same station where 51 people were killed in a similar crash in February 2012.

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