A train hit a school bus at a crossing in southern Martin County, critically injuring six children and two 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 9 children between the ages of 12 and 16, the local authority said.
Two 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 21 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 accident resulting in injuries. We hope the investigators can quickly determine what caused the accident. 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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