Indonesian train crash kills at least 26, injures dozens; some bodies still trapped

By Niniek Karmini, AP
Friday, October 1, 2010

Indonesian train crash kills at least 26

JAKARTA, Indonesia — A train crash in central Indonesia killed at least 26 people and injured dozens Saturday, many suffering burns and broken bones, hospital officials and witnesses said.

Some bodies were still trapped in the wreckage.

The accident occurred near a station in Petarukan, a city on the northern coast of Central Java province, at around 3 a.m. (0800 GMT; 9 p.m. EDT Friday) as many passengers were sleeping, witnesses told TVOne.

A train from the capital, Jakarta, slammed into a stationary train, causing severe damage to both.

Officials at two hospitals contacted by The Associated Press said at least 26 bodies were brought in and that at least 40 people were being treated for their injuries.

Meanwhile, Metro TV and El Shinta radio said another passenger train crashed in the town of Solo at around 4 a.m., killing at least one person.

Transportation Ministry spokesman Bambang Ervan confirmed both crashes, but said it was too early to comment on casualties as data was still being collected.

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