Up to 30 dead in Indonesian train crash

MICHAEL BACHELARD
Last updated 19:26 09/12/2013
Reuters

Local TV news video shows the destruction after a commuter train collided with a fuel truck in Indonesia.

Relevant offers

Asia

Kim Jong Nam died within 20 minutes: Malaysian government Suspect says she was paid $124 to apply deadly nerve agent Malaysia to issue warrant for diplomat in latest twist to Kim Jong Nam's death Egyptian woman's weight-loss plan: To drop from 500kg to 300kg Samsung heir's prison life: no smartphone, cannibal neighbour Police say nerve agent was found on face of slain half-brother to Kim Jong Un Cool kindergarten in Japan takes 'playing house' to a whole new level Kim Jong Nam death: Alleged assassin an entertainment worker Kim Jong Nam death: North Korea blames Malaysia, says it changed its story When parking a car is a struggle

A passenger train has crashed and exploded into flames killing an estimated 30 people, mostly women, after crashing into a gas truck in south Jakarta.

The Serpong to Tanah Abang train was passing through the southern suburb of Bintaro at about 11.30am local time (5.30pm NZT) when it hit the liquefied gas truck and burst into flames.

Witnesses said the truck had failed to stop at the level crossing, despite warning bells.

The front carriage of the passenger train, which is reserved for women only to protect them from sexual harassment, bore the brunt of the crash.

A fireball immediately engulfed the carriage as flames burst 20m into the air. It was still in flames 90 minutes later.

Seven people have been confirmed dead, two of them women. A male passenger, who managed to escape the wreck, said the automatic doors on the train could not be opened and that panicked passengers had run to the rear of the carriages, away from the fire.

Some had escaped by breaking the glass of the windows.

Ad Feedback

- Sydney Morning Herald

Comments

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content