Sunday, July 22, 2007

AP: 8 dead, 24 injured after train slams into wedding party bus in southern Romania

BUCHAREST, Romania: A train slammed into a bus carrying guests home from a wedding in southern Romania early Sunday, killing eight people and injuring two dozen.

The accident happened at a crossing in the village of Gura Ocnitei some 80 kilometers (50 miles) north of Bucharest at 4:50 a.m. (0250 GMT). The train pushed the bus some 300 meters (yards) along the track, police said.

Five people died at the scene, and three died en route to hospital, national news agency Rompres reported. Some 24 people have been hospitalized, with nine in serious condition, police said.

Eye witnesses quoted by Realitatea TV said that passengers alerted the bus driver that there was a train on the track, but he appeared not to heed the warning. The driver was among the dead.

The bus was taking more than 30 people back to their homes from a wedding in a nearby village.

Romania's top police officer, Dan Fatuloiu, arrived at the scene of the accident later Sunday, with other officials. An investigation is under way.

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