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Train crash: All 50 victims identified, 703 injured in total

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Both the Justice and Security ministries confirmed today that all 50 victims of the train crash at Once station yesterday have been identified. The list of injured had increased to 703 people this morning, however, 46 patients were registered to be currently admitted to hospitals across the Capital.

The names and surnames of the 50 victims, 28 women and 22 men, were not to be published immediately, officials said.

Earlier today, Social Development Minister Alicia Kirchner and Health Minister Juan Manzur gave a press conference in order to announce that "46 people were still in hospital" and out of those "three were critical cases."

The list of injured following the accident yesterday, had risen to 703 this morning.

The day after the devastating events at Once train station had seen family members still searching for their loved ones at the central health centres in the Capital, City Morgue, and at Chacarita and Flores cemeteries.

Yesterday, immediately after the crash occured, injured people were pulled out of the wreckage and taken to Ramos Mejía Hospital, Durand, Santojanni, Penna, Rivadavia, Tornú, Vélez Sarsfield hospitals, and Sagrado Corazón and Fitz Roy clinics to be treated.

Transport Secretary Juan Pablo Schiavi who was present at the scene, described the accident as "terrible."

The train crashed when it was moving into the station, it failed to stop and collided into the station buffers. Schiavi told reporters "it was moving at a speed of 26 kilometres per hour when entering the station, however when it crashed, it had slowed down and was travelling at 20 kilometres per hour."

He went on to say “the impact of the crash caused the second carriage to be pushed 6 metres into the first carriage of the train."

Once station, located in the heart Plaza Miserere is one of Buenos Aires' central train stations. The state-run TBA Sarmiento train line was running from Moreno to Once station, and was filled with between 800 to 1,200 passengers on their daily commute.
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