Indonesian train crash kills at least 28, injures dozens; some bodies still trapped

By Niniek Karmini, AP
Friday, October 1, 2010

Indonesian train crash kills at least 28

JAKARTA, Indonesia — A train crash in central Indonesia killed at least 28 people and injured dozens Saturday, many of them critically, officials and witnesses said.

The toll was expected to rise with some bodies still trapped in the mangled wreckage.

The accident occurred near 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 train sitting idle at the station, causing severe damage to both.

Transportation Ministry spokesman Bambang Ervan said the toll had reached 28 by midmorning.

He said at least 40 people were injured, many with burns and broken bones.

Meanwhile, another passenger train crashed in the town of Solo at around 4 a.m., he said, adding data was still being collected about casualties.

An official at a public hospital who identified himself only as Peter told Metro TV and El Shinta that one person had died in the second crash.

Indonesia — with a reputation for poor safety standards and maintenance — has been hit by a series of plane, train and ferry accidents in recent years that have left hundreds dead.

Ervan said it was not yet clear what caused the first, more deadly crash.

“We’re still investigating to see if it was due to negligence of the driver or because signaling equipment on one of the trains was faulty,” he said.

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