In Buenos Aires at least 40 commuters have been killed in a crash at the busy Once station officials have confirmed. There are fears the number could rise as many passengers remain trapped in the wreckage.
Over 500 have been injured, many of whom were laid out on one of the platforms as they waited to be taken to hospital.
The packed commuter train slammed into the buffers. Eyewitnesses say the speeding train failed to stop and impaled itself up to six metres in the platform while some passengers believed the train had appeared to have lost its brakes as it approached the station at the height of the capital’s morning rush hour.
Rescue workers made desperate attempts to reach the passengers trapped inside the twisted metal.
Argentina’s Transport Secretary Juan Pablo Schiavi who was at the scene told reporters the train failed to stop at lights and was travelling at 20 kilometres per hour when it crashed. Once station is one of the busiest in Argentina’s capital.