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Friday 20 October 2017

43 dead and 50 hurt in train station collision

A train crash in central Indonesia today killed at least 43 people and injured dozens, many of them critically.

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 around 8am (Irish time) as many passengers were sleeping.

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

Cendana Banandi, a government official, said 43 were killed and 50 were injured.

Meanwhile, another passenger train crashed in the town of Solo an

hour later, said Transportation Ministry spokesman Bambang Ervan, adding data was still being collected about casualties.

An official at a public hospital told television reporters that one person had died in that crash.

Indonesia, which has 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.

A railway spokesman said it was not yet clear what caused the first crash.

"We're still investigating to see if it was due to negligence of the driver or because signaling equipment on one of the trains was faulty," he said.

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