Scânteia train accident

The 2009 Romanian bus-train collision (Romanian: Tragedia de la Scânteia), happened on 14 August 2009 at 14:10pm in Romania. A bus and train hit each other on a level crossing. Forteen people were killed. It happened in Scânteia of Iaşi County in Romania on County Road 248C[1][2][3][4] It was originally thought that only 10 people died in the accident. This was the worst accident in Romania in the past fifteen years.[5]

2009 Romanian bus-train collision
Tragedia de la Scânteia
Date and time: 14 August 2009 at 14:10 (UTC+3)
Location: Near Scânteia, Iaşi County, Romania
Coordinates: 46°55′17″N 27°34′07″E / 46.921486°N 27.568517°E / 46.921486; 27.568517
Deaths: 14



The accident happened when a minibus carrying 16 passengers was moving across a level crossing. The minibus was hit by a train as it was crossing the level crossing near Scânteia. Everyone that was killed in the accident was on the bus, which included a child. Two other people were badly injured. The bus was hit in the center of it and was pushed a total of 350 meters by the train[6][7] The reason why the crash happened in the first place was because the bus driver did not follow the light signals or signs at the level crossing.[8]


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