Firemen walk near the rail crossing where a passenger train crashed into a bus in Dolores, Buenos Aires province March 9, 2008. The death toll in a massive train-bus collision Sunday in southwest Argentina has climbed to 26, with 60 people injured, local police said. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
BUENOS AIRES, March 9 (Xinhua) -- The death toll in a massive train-bus collision Sunday in southwest Argentina has climbed to 26, with 60 people injured, local police said.
The accident occurred at around 2:00 a.m. local time (0400 GMT) when a train carrying 250 people smashed into a coach with 61 passengers and two drivers at a rural rail crossing near Dolores, about 200 km south of the capital Buenos Aires.
Some local media said the bus driver went through the crossing's lowered safety barriers just before the crash, but the bus company said the cause of the accident was not clear. Police have detained the two drivers who survived the crash.
Daniel Scioli, the governor of Buenos Aires province, described Sunday as "a day of mourning in the province and in the nation."
In 2007, more than 8,000 people died in road accidents in Argentina -- an average of 22 per day.