Brazil Train Collision Leaves 158 Injured

A collision between two commuter trains in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro state has left 158 passengers injured, according to local authorities.

At least 158 people were injured when two commuter trains collided in Rio de Janeiro state, in Brazil. The incident occurred when one train, which was stationary, was hit by a second train on the same line.

Rio state transportation chief Carlos Osorio said the accident occurred when one of the trains, which had stopped at a station, was rammed from behind by another train on the same track at Mesquita, approximately 34 kilometers outside of the state capital Rio de Janeiro.

Rescue authorities said most of those hurt had suffered minor injuries, including cuts and bruises. A spokesman for the railways told press that just seven people remained in hospital, but their conditions were stable.

Rio’s Supervia train service is the target of regular criticism from users who deride its often dilapidated infrastructure while its carriages do not have air conditioning even in summer. Around 620,000 people use the service daily as they commute in and out of Rio from outlying suburbs.

The operating company has launched a full inquiry into investigating how the trains came to collide.

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