Train collision in Rio de Janeiro kills driver, injures 8

February 27, 2019
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Firefighters work to resuscitate the driver of a commuter train that was involved in a collision with another train in Sao Cristovao station, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019. Firefighters worked for over six hours to rescue the train's driver, who was caught under the wreckage. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Two commuter trains collided just north of downtown Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday, killing a train driver and injuring eight other people.

Firefighters worked for nearly eight hours to rescue the train’s driver, who was caught under the wreckage. But the Rio fire department said the man died soon after he was freed.

The train company, SuperVia, said that one train smashed into the back of another at 6:50 a.m. local time (4:50 EST; 0950 GMT) at the Sao Cristovao station, just north of downtown Rio.

The fire department said eight others were injured and hospitalized and none of them present risk of death.

The cause of the accident was under investigation.