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Argentina Train-Van Crash: Driver Unharmed (VIDEO)

09/20/2011 07:49 pm ET | Updated Nov 20, 2011

For the second time in a week, a train in Argentina rammed into a vehicle crossing the railroad tracks. Watch below as a van darts across the barricade and is slammed by an oncoming train. Amazingly, the BBC reports that the driver was unharmed.

Last Tuesday, a bus that ignored warnings not to cross the railroad tracks was not so fortunate. The driver reportedly lurched past a lowered barrier despite flashing lights and bells. The bus was hit by an oncoming train, killing eleven people and injuring hundreds.

Drivers frequently encounter train crossings in the capital of Argentina. As MSNBC reports, "Buenos Aires' passenger rail system moves at street level through most neighborhoods of the capital and surrounded provinces ... The potential for collisions increases at rush-hour, particularly next to stations, with trains passing and barriers dropping every few minutes."

Union leader Omar Maturano brushed off last Tuesday's incident as a "cultural problem." He told The Associated Press that the incident could be attributed to "how we are as Argentines, that we immediately lift the barriers and cross despite flashing warning signals."

However, The Associated Press also explains what could be another contributing factor to the accidents; while vehicles drive on the right-hand side of the road, the trains still run on the left. Drivers therefore may instinctively look in the wrong direction when crossing the tracks.

Watch the footage below, captured by a camera attached to the front of the train.

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