Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

AFRICA NEWS

Air Algerie investigation continues

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Dozens of youths trampled to death on Conakry beach

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Ebola death toll tops 700

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

UNRWA official breaks down over Gaza deaths

Read more

DEBATE

Argentina Defaults - Kirchner Cries Foul Over 'Vulture Funds' (part 2)

Read more

DEBATE

Argentina Defaults - Kirchner Cries Foul Over 'Vulture Funds'

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Renault's women drivers ad deemed sexist

Read more

FOCUS

Constitution prohibits Aung San Suu Kyi to run for president

Read more

THE BUSINESS INTERVIEW

War and Markets, with Steen Jakobsen, Chief Economist at Saxo Bank

Read more

  • Kerry, Ban announce 72-hour humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza

    Read more

  • Interactive: France’s new plan to counter jihadism in Africa

    Read more

  • French Jews speak of growing fear in Paris amid Gaza conflict

    Read more

  • Video: Inside Hamas ‘terror’ tunnels in Gaza

    Read more

  • France remembers murdered socialist hero Jean Jaurès

    Read more

  • Sierra Leone declares state of emergency over spread of Ebola

    Read more

  • Investigators reach MH17 site amid 24-hour ceasefire

    Read more

  • Air France ground workers to strike on August 2

    Read more

  • Scores feared dead in India landslide

    Read more

  • Russia ordered to pay further €1.9 billion to Yukos shareholders

    Read more

  • Iraq's Christians: Nowhere to Run?

    Read more

  • Russia defiant as US, EU unveil 'phase three' sanctions

    Read more

  • US House votes to sue Obama for over-reaching his powers

    Read more

  • Argentina fails to reach deal with creditors

    Read more

Asia-pacific

Dozens killed in pre-dawn Java train crash

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2010-10-02

At least 36 people have been killed and dozens injured after a locomotive slammed into a sitting train in Indonesia’s central Java province on Saturday morning. Most passengers were thought to have been sleeping when the accident took place.

AP - A train crash in central Indonesia on Saturday killed at least 36 people and injured dozens, several with severe burns and broken bones, officials and witnesses said.

As most passengers slept on the train, which was sitting idle at the station in Petarukan, a northern coastal city in Central Java province, a train from the capital slammed into it around 3 a.m., according to Transportation Ministry spokesman Bambang Ervan. He added that investigators were trying to determine if human error was to blame.
 
“It may also have been mechanical,” he said. “We’re checking to see if the signals of the parked train were working properly.”
 
The force of the crash knocked part of a train car off the track, and twisted debris from the train littered the rail yard.
 
By early afternoon Saturday, only one body was still trapped inside the mangled wreckage, said Marsono, a rescuer at the scene. He, like many Indonesians, goes by only one name.
 
Thirty-five others were brought to three nearby hospitals, said Tri Yuniasari, a spokeswoman from the Hasyim Ashari hospital, who was helping keep tallies.
 
Cendana Banandi, a government life insurance official, who earlier put the death toll at 43 later revised his figure downward.
 
Meanwhile, another passenger train crashed in the town of Solo at around 4 a.m., said Ervan, adding data was still being collected about casualties.
 
Officials at the nearby Kasih Ibu hospital said at least one person died in that 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.

Date created : 2010-10-02

COMMENT(S)