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20 injured in Mexico City's light rail accident

(Xinhua)

09:40, August 31, 2011

MEXICO CITY, Aug. 30 (Xinhua) -- Twenty people were injured on Tuesday as a result of a collision between two light rail trains in Huichapan station, south of Mexico City, according to the Mexico City government officials.

Among the injured, the most serious was the driver who was taken by a helicopter to a local hospital.

The accident occurred at 7:24 local time (1224 GMT) at the Huichapan station when one of the trains rear ended the other. The light rail line travels through the Coyoacan, Tlalpan and Xochimilco districts in the south of Mexico City.

At the time of the accident, one of the two trains was traveling at its maximum capacity with 350 passengers.

Rufino Leon, general director of the Electric Transportation Service, said the Mexico City government will take charge of all the injured people's medical expenses.

Leon said the accident could have been caused by "a mechanical problem in the first train", a failure in the brakes in the second, or a distraction on the part of the driver.

Light rail service was suspended for several hours until 12 p.m. local time (0500 GMT).


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