Three dead, 70 injured in Argentina train crash: official

BUENOS AIRES (AFP) - At least three people were killed and 70 injured on Thursday when a commuter train crashed west of Buenos Aires, according to the municipality of Moron, where the accident took place.

"At the moment we have information about three fatalities and at least 70 injured people, according to preliminary figures," said Mr Carlos Grillo Carbo, undersecretary in charge of emergencies in the municipality.

The crash happened near the Castelar stop, about 30km west of the Argentine capital, when a passenger train rammed another train that was empty and stationary.

Rescue workers and volunteers were at the scene to help the wounded trapped by the collision, which television reports said happened at around 7.30am (1030 GMT). Dozens of ambulances were also at the crash site.

Hospitals in the area were on alert to deal with casualties.

"I heard a loud noise and everyone started falling down, and people were shocked and crying," said a 26-year-old passenger who identified herself as Lida.

The crash took place on the Sarmiento rail line, which links the western suburbs to downtown Buenos Aires.

It was on this line that one of the worst rail accidents in Argentine history left 51 dead and more than 700 wounded in February 2012.