An alarming silence is still ringing throughout the second largest country in Europe. Just 24 hours ago, passengers aboard a commuter bus were traveling on a village road between two citiesÂ in Eastern Ukraine, many on their way to work. A crash ending to their schedule and, for 43 of the passengers, their lives occurred when the driver of the bus ignored the siren of the oncoming train. According to investigators,Â the bus stalled on the tracks leaving it prey to the train, whichÂ it draggedÂ for 300Â yards. Click here for full story.
Ukrainian Railways say that the 35-year-old train engineerÂ pulled the emergency brakes as soon he saw the bus 500 meters away, or about a third ofÂ a mile, but it was too late. TheÂ train was traveling at 47 miles per hour and couldn't stop in time. Under normal conditions it would take a train, going at this rate, about 1.5 miles to stop.
Wednesday, October 13 Declared National Day of Mourning
President Yanukovych has declared today a national day of mourning for grieving Ukranian citizens. However, this seemingly preventable tragedy is one that is mourned today throughout the world.Â A picture is said to contain the value of a thousand words. A lot of questions in the past day have been answered about where, what and how this happened.Â Unfortunately, there are not enough pictures or words to ever understand the why.