BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – An Argentine commuter train slammed into the end of the line Saturday morning at the same station in Buenos Aires where 52 people were killed in a similar crash last year. This time emergency officials did not report any deaths, but said at least 35 people were injured, five seriously.
Security Secretary Sergio Berni told reporters that they found no fatalities as a major emergency response team of firefighters, police and medical personnel evacuated the wrecked train at the busy Once (ohn-say) station.
The motorman was hospitalized under police custody, Berni said, adding that it was too early to say why the train failed to stop. The lead car in the formation crashed through bumper at the end of the line and ended up wedged between the floor and ceiling of the platform.
"Right now 35 injured have been registered," Berni said, including many who were waiting on the platform and were hit by glass as the train's windows shattered.
The Sarmiento line is the busiest commuter rail line serving Argentina's capital and is usually packed with passengers, but this accident happened shortly after 7 a.m. on a Saturday morning.