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Indonesian train accident kills dozens

Associated Press / October 2, 2010

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JAKARTA, Indonesia — A train crash in central Indonesia killed at least 43 people and injured dozens today, 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 at a station in Petarukan, a city on the northern coast of Central Java province, at about 3 a.m., as many passengers were sleeping, witnesses told TVOne.

A train from the capital, Jakarta, slammed into a train sitting idle near the platform, causing severe damage to both.

A government life insurance official said about 50 passengers were injured, many of them seriously. The victims were taken to three hospitals.

Meanwhile, another passenger train crashed in the town of Solo at about 4 a.m., said Transportation Ministry spokesman Bambang Ervan, adding that information about casualties was still being collected.

An official at a public hospital told Metro TV that one person had 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.

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

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