A regional train hit a school bus at a crossing in southern Martin County, killing four children and critically injuring seven other people on the bus, the Martin County interior ministry said. It was one of the worst rail accidents in Martin County in years.
Photos from the scene tweeted by a local television station showed the train derailed and the bus torn in half with first responders gathered around.
It was not immediately clear why the accident happened. Martin County rail authority said witnesses described the crossing gates as functioning properly.
The school bus was carrying around 20 children between the ages of 11 and 15, the local authority said.
Nine other people on the bus and three on the train had less severe injuries.
A Martin County train authority official told the Associated Press that the train normally travels at 80 kilometers (50 miles) per hour at that location.
The official said, several witnesses said the barrier was down at the time of the crash. She said 25 people were on the train at the time of the crash.
Investigations are still ongoing as police have decided to withhold the names of people involved.
Accident attorney Jason Weisser of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck responded to this unfortunate crash. “This is a serious train accident involving a school bus, which ultimately, resulted in the death of four students. We hope the investigators can quickly determine what caused the accident so that the family and friends of the victims can have a closure. Please be careful and obey the speed limits whenever you are driving a motorcycle, car, SUV or truck. We hope that all parties involved consult with an experienced trial lawyer. If you have been injured in an accident, call my office for a free consultation and find out what your rights are.”
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