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Argentine train crash toll rises to 51; Missing man's family and friends anxiously await ID
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) ' Argentine police found another body Friday in the wreck of a train that crashed two days earlier, raising the death toll to 51 and prompting an angry confrontation with officers at the station.
Family and friends of Lucas Menghini Rey, one of the last passengers still missing, anxiously waited for the body to be identified, surrounded by a large crowd of supporters who vented their fury over the accident at officers in riot gear.
Their search and vigil for the young father has become emblematic of widespread anger over corruption and mismanagement in the train system. While the cause remains under investigation and the motorman who failed to stop the train in time has yet to make a statement, many commuters are angry that the government appeared to ignore repeated warnings about safety problems.
President Cristina Fernandez has been silent since Wednesday's crash, and left the capital Friday for her home in Argentina's remote Patagonia region. Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo planned to see her there after meeting in Buenos Aires with survivors from his country.
Rey, 20, hasn't appeared in any list of dead or injured, and city officials announced earlier Friday that all other passengers had been accounted for.
Rey's family hasn't seen him since he said goodbye Wednesday morning to his 3-year-old daughter, promising to bring her a toy when he came back from work at a downtown call center. She's still waiting.