Early reports from Argentina indicate that more than 50 people were killed there on Saturday (25 February) when a Buenos Aires bound train and a truck collided on a provincial level-crossing.
AERIAL VIEW Scene of train crash
LV PAN FROM Rescue workers at damaged section of train TO overturned engine in field
TV PAN FROM Wrecked carriage across debris TO overturned carriage
CU PAN FROM Sign on train "Estrella del Norte" TO rescue workers
CU & SV Man using cutting equipment (2 shots)
CU PULL BACK FROM Body TO rescue worker
CU PULL BACK FROM Body TO man nearby using cutting equipment
SV PAN FROM Rescue workers on one section of train PAN TO another wrecked section
CU PULL BACK FROM Leg in debris TO rescue workers moving oxy-acetylene equipment
CU & LV Rescue workers on damaged sections (2 shots)
SV Body in wreckage
LV INTERIOR Bodies placed about hall
LV & SV Another body trapped in wreckage (2 shots)
LV PAN Wrecked train
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Background: Early reports from Argentina indicate that more than 50 people were killed there on Saturday (25 February) when a Buenos Aires bound train and a truck collided on a provincial level-crossing.
SYNOPSIS: The collision occurred at an unmanned level crossing in the town of Saa Pereyra, 560 kilometres (350 miles) north-west of Buenos Aires. The 17-coach train had been travelling from Tucuman province to Buenos Aires, the capital. The impact hurled a dozen carriages off the track. Railway officials alleged the truck driver ignored flashing warning lights at the crossing, before his vehicle hit the rear of the train.
The officials also claimed that more than 2,000 passengers had been on the train -- named the "Northern Star" -- at the time of the accident. Rescue workers, who rushed to the scene from as far away as the town of Rosario 160 kilometres (100 miles) to the south, described the damage and carnage as horrific, with more than 50 people killed and many injured. They had to use oxy-acetylene cutting equipment to free victims trapped in the train's last two carriages, which were crushed and welded together by the impact.
Rescue workers had to toil for many hours trying to cut free those people trapped in the most mangled sections of the wreckage. One of the first doctors at the scene said he saw bodies scattered everywhere, many of them in pieces, because the derailment had flung the carriage around.
Bodies recovered from the wreckage, were taken to a make-shift accident centre to be identified and counted before the official death-toll was released. Police later said this was the worst train crash in Argentina since February 1970, when 142 people died in a similar disaster near Buenos Aires.