An Argentina train crash in Buenos Aires has left 99 individuals injured, but thus far no fatalities have been reported, says SkyNews on Saturday via Yahoo! UK / Ireland. The commuter train crash was similar to a deadlier crash in 2012, where 52 people were killed. In each incident, the train failed to stop, slamming into the abutment at the end of the rail.
The accident occurred Saturday morning at the Once (on-say) station in the capital city Buenos Aires. Officials said the impact pushed some of the commuter cars off the rail and onto the pedestrian platforms. Initial reports said 35 were injured, but that count has been pushed close to 100.
Local health chief Graciela Reybaud said, “Ninety-nine patients have been treated at Buenos Aires hospitals due to the accident.”
Incredibly, a mob formed and quickly targeted the driver of the commuter train.
The Huffington Post is reporting that the mob “unleashed its fury at the train operators by trying to attack the motorman, breaking glass inside the station and throwing stones in the street outside. Passengers screamed ‘murderer’ at the injured driver. Officers intervened and he was hospitalized under police custody as police in riot gear took control.”
It’s unclear if the man had any role in the accident.
Security Secretary Sergio Berni said the cause of the crash is under investigation and that it is too early to tell what caused the train to ram the end line without slowing.
A response team of firefighters, police and medical personnel converged on the scene, assisting passengers to free themselves from the cars after the motorized doors would not function. Many passengers didn’t wait for emergency responders, kicking out the train car windows and crawling through the openings.
The crash is almost identical to the 2012 incident that sparked a criminal investigation. Over two dozen suspects were scrutinized at the time, including former government officials. Allegations of mismanagement and defrauding the public created outcry.
According to SkyNews, Transportation Minister Florencio Randazzo said that in the past, negligent operators have been a growing concern. Video images taken from surveillance cameras on other trains "showed drivers nodding off, on the phone or reading, sometimes with their hands off the controls altogether," says SkyNews.
The recent crash at the same station, coupled with the public's knowledge of the above, likely caused them to target the driver.