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Three die in Argentine train crash

Friday, June 14, 2013 - 01:27

June 14 - In an emotional speech, Argentine President Cristina Fernandez pledges her support for victims of a deadly train collision in Buenos Aires. Miriam Berger reports.

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A fatal train crash shocks Argentina. At least three passengers were killed and more than 200 injured when two trains collided near the Argentine capital, Buenos Aires on Thursday. In an emotional speech, Argentine President Cristina Fernandez expressed her sympathy and pledged her support for victims of the tragedy. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) ARGENTINE PRESIDENT, CRISTINA FERNANDEZ, SAYING: "Besides the solidarity and the pain that I have, I want to tell you I feel a bit of anger and powerlessness. The truth is we're putting in everything, not just economic resources, investment, but also human resources. For something like this to happen hurts us all." Eye witnesses said the collision occurred when a busy passenger train hit a stationary train. The private company operating the railway said in a news release the train driver did not respect the "danger" signs. They dismissed problems with the train brakes. In another crash last year 51 people were killed when a train packed with passengers failed to brake. Argentina's railway system, which has been in crisis for decades due to low investment, is used by millions of people every day, especially between Buenos Aires and the surrounding areas.

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Three die in Argentine train crash

Friday, June 14, 2013 - 01:27