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2011 Flores rail crash

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Location  Flores, Buenos Aires
Type of incident  Collision
Number of deaths  11
Operator  Trenes de Buenos Aires
Trains  2 (and 1 bus)
Rail line  Sarmiento Line
Date  13 September 2011
Country  Argentina
Injuries  228
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Cause  Bus driver ignored level crossing warning signals
Similar  Benavidez rail disaster, 2012 Buenos Aires rail, Santiago de Compost

The 2011 Flores rail crash occurred at 06.23 ART on 13 September 2011 when a bus on a level crossing at Flores rail station, in the Flores barrio of Buenos Aires, Argentina, was hit by a train on the Sarmiento Line, heading for Moreno.


The Train

The train, operated by Trenes de Buenos Aires, derailed and crashed into a second train, heading for Once in the Balvanera barrio, which was standing at the station. The accident, which occurred during the morning rush hour, resulted in 11 deaths and 228 injuries. The bus, owned by Empresa de Transportes Microomnibus Saenz Peña, was working a scheduled service on route 92, heading for Retiro. Video evidence revealed that the bus driver, who was killed in the accident, ignored warning lights and drove around a partly lowered crossing barrier.


The impact carried the bus into the station, where it was crushed against a platform. The front carriages of the train derailed, and hit the Once train, which was arriving at the opposite platform. It took firefighters two hours to release one of the train drivers from the wreckage. A total of 100 ambulances and 10 fire engines attended the incident, and some of the injured were ferried to hospital by helicopter. At the time, it was the deadliest rail crash within the city since the Villa Soldati level crossing tragedy in 1962.


2011 Flores rail crash Wikipedia

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