ARGENTINA: Closed circuit video shows moment of train crash in Argentina that killed at least 50 and injured over 700Record ID: 382754
- Title: ARGENTINA: Closed circuit video shows moment of train crash in Argentina that killed at least 50 and injured over 700
- Date: 24th February 2012
- Summary: BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA (FEBRUARY 23, 2012) (REUTERS) TRAIN ENTERING STATION SIGN AT TRAIN STATION VARIOUS OF PEOPLE GETTING OFF TRAIN
- Reuters ID: LVAD0EB2QZRPL3085INHAU8NLLD1
- Location: Argentina, Argentina
- Country: Argentina
- Duration: 00:00:20
- Topics: Accidents,Transport
- Story Text: Video from a closed circuit camera shows the exact moment a train crashed in Buenos Aires killing at least 50 people and leaving over 700 injured.
The packed commuter train slammed into buffers at a station on Wednesday (February 22) morning, trapping dozens of people amongst the wreckage.
The tragedy comes after a series of train accidents in Argentina and will likely bring about a prolonged legal battle.
Argentina's government said they would join plaintiffs against Trenes de Buenos Aires (TBA), the company that holds the concession on the Sarmiento line where the accident occurred.
"The president has instructed me to go through the legal and technical secretariat of the planning ministry to present ourselves as a plaintiff in court in order to defend the public interest. Also, this is basically to be with the victims, whether they are the injured or relatives of the dead, which will present themselves as plaintiffs," said Argentina's Planning Minister Julio de Vido on Thursday (February 23).
De Vido added the company would be held accountable for any wrongdoing that is proved in a court of law.
"We want it to be clear that neither the former President Kirchner nor the current president have shown that there are mechanisms of protection for anyone in situations like this. We are going to move forward with necessary measures within the framework of the justice system and the court's investigation," De Vido added.
Some 10 million passengers travel every month on the Sarmiento line, which links Buenos Aires to its western suburbs. It was the scene of another crash in September, when two commuter trains smashed into a city bus, killing 11 people.
Months earlier, four people died during another rail crash.
The worst train accidents in Argentine history include a 1970 crash that killed more than 230 people and another in 1978, in which about 55 died, local media said.
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