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Indonesia train derails in landslide; 3 dead

  • Rescuers search for victims on the carriages of a derailed train in Tasikmalaya on the Indonesian island of Java on April 4, 2014. A landslide triggered by heavy rain derailed the train as it travelled through Indonesia's main island of Java on April 4, 2014, leaving five people dead, an official said. There were about 250 passengers on the train as it travelled from the city of Bandung in the west of Java to Malang in the east. AFP PHOTO / BUSTOMI

JAKARTA, Indonesia: A passenger train hit mounds of mud triggered by a landslide and derailed in central Indonesia, killing at least three people and injuring seven, a railway official said Saturday.

A landslide following torrential rain buried part of the tracks at a dark junction in heavy downpour and the train's brakes could not stop it from hitting the mud.

The train derailed late Friday in Tasikmalaya, a district on Java island, killing two men and a female train attendant, said Junerfin, a spokesman for the Indonesian Railway Company who like many Indonesians uses only one name. Seven others were hospitalized, including two in critical condition, he said.

Three coaches fell into a 10-meter (32-feet) deep ravine, sending hundreds of panicked passengers running away. Rescuers pulled out the three bodies pinned under the wreckage, Junerfin said.

Train accidents are common in Indonesia's aging railway network and poor infrastructure.

 
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