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Train-Bus Crash Kills Eight

January 19, 1989

MEXICO CITY (AP) _ A passenger train and a bus collided in a Mexico City suburb, killing eight people and injuring 35, the Red Cross said Wednesday.

Jose Godinez Rodriguez of the Red Cross in Nezahualcoytl said the metropolitan area bus apparently tried to beat the train through a crossing in the heavily populated neighborhood of Nezahualcoytl late Tuesday.

″The bus was dragged by the train about 30 feet and left totally destroyed,″ Godinez Rodriguez said. ″The driver died instantly.″

The injured were taken to area hospitals. Five victims were listed in serious condition, and the remainder ″are in fair condition. The majority of them suffered fractures,″ he said.

Jorge Roman Calderon, a spokesman for the Balbuena Hospital in Mexico City, said five people were being treated at the facility for bone fractures and cuts. None were in serious condition, he said.

Roman Calderon declined to provide the names or ages of the victims.

Godinez Rodriguez said the bus serviced local routes in Nezahualcoytl and surrounding communities.

The Televisa television network said the train was en route from Puebla, southeast of Mexico City.

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