Train Smashes Lorry Stuck On Level Crossing With Bang

Story ByMaja Mishevksa, Sub EditorMarija StojkoskaAgencyNewsflash

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This is the moment a passenger train smashes into a container lorry with a loud crash after the driver became trapped on a level crossing.

The incident was filmed on the Las Heras-Lamadrid line in the municipality of Quilmes in the eastern Argentine province of Buenos Aires by eyewitnesses who later shared the clip on social media.

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In the footage, the lorry is seen stranded on the tracks with the barrier apparently lowered on both sides as a bell sounds, warning motorists that a train is coming.

The oncoming train crashes into the lorry as onlookers gasp – with one shouting an audible “what the f*ck!?” in English – and then comes to a stop on the tracks.

According to the operating company Trenes Argentinos Operaciones, lorries are not permitted on the level crossing because “there are times when they get stuck because their front wheels leave the ground and they cannot move”.

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Reports said that paramedics arrived on the scene to treat the lorry driver and a companion as well as the train driver and a passenger.

Fortunately, no one suffered serious injuries and the four people were sent to hospital as a preventative measure.

Firefighter on the scene Oscar Licata said: “It could have been a tragic incident” because “trains usually travel at over 50kph (31mph) on this stretch”.

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He added: “Luckily, the train crashed into the back part of the lorry that was filled with pallets and not very heavy.

“The train did not stop abruptly which meant that most passengers were not thrown from their seats.”

According to local media, the line was closed for several hours as the local authorities opened an investigation.

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