Villa Soldati level crossing tragedy
|Date||June 11, 1962|
|Location||Villa Soldati, Buenos Aires|
|Rail line||Belgrano Southern Line|
|Operator||Ferrocarril General Manuel Belgrano|
|Type of incident||Level crossing collision|
|Cause||Crossing operator error|
The Villa Soldati level crossing disaster occurred on the morning of June 11, 1962 in Villa Soldati, Buenos Aires when, in dense fog, a train struck a municipal bus carrying schoolchildren to kindergarten.
The accident happened near President Illia station where what is now the Line Belgrano Southern crosses Lacarra Street at its junction with Veracruz. The crossing attendant believing the crossing to be clear, opened the barriers to allow a truck through which was followed by a bus; he did not hear the warning bell until too late. The impact of the train virtually destroyed the bus, and pushed part of it 150 yards down the track. Dozens of ambulances and a hundred doctors arrived at the scene, the injured being taken to four different hospitals where a shortage of blood and plasma resulted in an appeal for blood donors to which 1500 people responded.
As a result 42 people were killed and 83 injured; apart from the bus driver and a woman teacher, the rest of the dead were children less than 13 years old. There were no casualties on the train.
- http://www.forotransportes.com/archive/index.php/t-2912.html Tragedias ferroviarias en Argentina
- The Times, Jun 12, 1962 page 10
- Railroad Wrecks by Edgar A. Haine, pages 143–144, Publ 1993 ISBN 0-8453-4844-2