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03 October 2010 :: 10:10:56 am 41780

Thirty Six Fatalities as Two Trains Collide in Indonesia

At least thirty six people have died with at least forty injured after a train collided with another train that was stationary at a platform in Indonesia.
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Indonesia, 3rd October2010: The train from Jakarta that was bound for Surabaya was travelling at high speed when it crashed into the rear of another train that was stationary at a platform at approximately 03.00 yesterday morning.

Most of the dead and injured were in three carriages which overturned as it was derailed.

Local reports said that rescue workers were late in arriving at the scene and lacked the necessary equipment required for freeing the passengers trapped in the wreckage.

Eye witnesses living in close proximity told how a loud crash was heard followed by the sound of people crying. Many people had been thrown from the carriages.

Hospitals in the area are quite small, lacking in medication and understaffed with doctors and nurses complaining that they are unable to cope with so many patients who had severe burns and broken limbs, which has led to many being sent to other hospitals or left unattended.

Officials say the most likely reason for the accident is a signal error, or mechanical, but they are investigating to see if it was due to negligence of the driver as initial reports say that the driver had not been given permission to go ahead when it hit the other train.

Railway accidents are said to be common in Indonesia, with officials often citing human error, badly maintained trains and lack of investment in rail infrastructure as main causes. There was a further report of a second train crash in the town of Solo, with one fatality. Information is still being gathered.

A previous train crash in June resulted in six deaths.

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