At least 25 people suffered injuries – including nine who were taken to hospital – after a small fire broke out on a train on the Mitre commuter line.
The incident occurred shortly after the train had left the Villa Urquiza station, heading towards José León Suárez.
Head of the ambulance service SAME, Alberto Crescenti said that the injuries – which included at least two compound fractures – most likely occurred as panicked passengers jumped from train. Crescenti added that none of the injured were in grave danger.
According to Corredores Ferroviarios, which operates the service, a “metal object” dragging along the electrified rail tracks had caused sparks and smoke underneath the carriage.
When the train stopped, passengers forced the doors open and jumped for safety. The operator said that the electric current running through the line had been cut as a safety precaution as soon as the incident occurred.
The Mitre line is one of seven suburban rail lines connecting Buenos Aires with nearby towns and cities. Earlier this month, the government presented 120 new passenger cars that will run on the Mitre line between Retiro and Tigre from 25th November.