Travelore News: Train accident in Rio de Janeiro, At least 140 injured
Two trains have collided outside Rio de Janeiro, Brazil with at least 140 people injured in the incident, local media report. One of the trains, which had stopped at a station, was crashed into from behind by another, according to authorities.
The injured were taken to four major hospitals and there is an emergency unit providing support at the scene.
Of 129 people who were hospitalized, 47 have already been discharged and 60 should leave shortly, O Globo network reports. The others are undergoing tests to determine what procedures should be conducted.
The accident happened in Mesquita around 8:20 pm (22:20 GMT), near Rio de Janeiro, and trains were suspended in the area following the incident.
The army was summoned to assist rescue operation
Operations on the line have been halted, but authorities hope to resume later in the day.
“The preliminary reports I have say the train that crashed was not new, but was still in service and was not going to be replaced,” State Transportation Secretary Carlos Roberto Osório said. “Otherwise it was a normal situation, with passengers going off and boarding the stationed train. We should wait for the investigation results.”
Osório said the driver of the crashed train was not injured and is expected to be a major witness.