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2009 Romanian bus-train collision
Tragedia de la Scânteia
Date and time: August 14, 2009 at 14:10 (UTC+3)
Location: near a Railway station in Scânteia, Iaşi County
Coordinates: 46°55′17″N 27°34′07″E / 46.921486°N 27.568517°E / 46.921486; 27.568517
Deaths: 14; 2 serious injuries

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. Thirteen people died. It happened in Scânteia of Iaşi County in Romania on County Road 248C It was originally thought that only 10 people died in the accident. This was the worst accident in Romania in the past fifteen years.


The accident happened when a minibus carrying 16 passengers was moving across a railway crossing. The minibus was hit by a train as it was crossing the railway crossing near Scânteia. Everyone that was killed in the accident was on the bus, which included a child. Three more people were badly injured. The bus was hit in the center of it and was pushed a total of 350 meters by the train 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 railway crossing.

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