Passenger train collides with double-decker bus in Argentina, killing 19

.BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) – A passenger train slammed into a double-decker bus at a rural Argentine rail crossing before dawn on Sunday, killing 19 people and leaving at least 47 injured, authorities said.

The train was traveling from the Argentine capital to the South Atlantic beach resort of Mar del Plata when the collision occurred near Dolores, about 125 miles south of Buenos Aires, the government news agency Telam said.

Police said 19 people died. Roberto Capiel, a public health official, told Telam that 47 people with injuries were taken to a local hospital for treatment. He said nine of the victims remained in critical condition.

Television footage showed wreckage of the overturned bus with its front windshield shattered and much of its roof sheered off. Crumpled bus seats, children’s clothing, a baby bottle and beach chairs were left scattered across the railway line after the wreck, which took place at about 2 a.m. local time.

Bus passenger Cecilia Demarco told Noticias Argentinas that the bus “tried to beat the train” to the crossing, despite repeated warnings from the train as it sounded a horn. The account could not immediately be confirmed.