Driver alerted

Eyewitnesses said that passengers alerted the bus driver, who later was among the dead, that there was a train on the track, but he appeared not to heed the warning.

The bus was taking more than 30 people back to their homes from a wedding in a nearby village.

Dan Fatuloiu, Romania's chief police officer, arrived at the scene of the accident later on Sunday.

An investigation is under way.