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Commuter train crash kills 49 in Argentina, national mourning declared

(Xinhua)

14:12, February 23, 2012

BUENOS AIRES, Feb. 22 (Xinhua) -- The Argentine government has declared a two-day national mourning for the deadly train crash that killed 49 people and injured over 600 here Wednesday morning.

A packed commuter train crashed into station buffers at around 8:30 a.m. local time (1130 GMT). Powerful collision force thrust the train's second carriage into the first one, trapping dozens of people inside the wreck.

Injured passengers, many of them trapped for hours in the train, were taken to nearby hospitals for treatment. The train's conductor was seriously wounded and put in the intensive care unit.

"We didn't see anything. There was just a huge sound, like an explosion. Everyone was running. I have a broken bone in my hand. My neck and feet were also injured," a victim at Durand Hospital told Xinhua.

The police has confirmed that at least 49 people, including a child, were killed and more than 600 people injured.

President Cristina Fernandez has declared a two-day national mourning, starting Thursday, for victims of the nation's worst railway accident in three decades.

The tragedy occurred during morning rush hour at a rail line linking the capital city and its western suburbs, as the train failed to make a stop at Once Station.

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