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One killed, four injured in Solo train accident

2nd October 2010 | 269 Views
Solo, Central Java (ANTARA News) - A collision between Bima executive train and Gaya Baru Malam economic train in Solo, Central Java, left one dead and four injured early Saturday morning.

The fatality, identified as Surya Catur Utomo (23), was a Gaya Baru Malam train passenger who died at Kasih Ibu Hospital in Solo. He was a resident of Tanjung Priok, North Jakarta.

Meanwhile, the four injured passengers of the same train were identified as Mamiek Djaelani (29) of Serang in Banten province, Yudiono (33) of Semper Barat in Cilincing, North Jakarta, Supangat (80) Kebon Sari in Surabaya, East Java, and Supanggih (59) Tambakboyo in Tuban district, East Java.

Kasih Ibu Hospital spokesman dr Peter Michel Souisa said two of the four victims were seriously injured and being treated at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the hospital.

"They sustained serious bone fractures and head injuries," Peter said, adding that two others had minor injuries.

The accident occurred at 2.39 am at Purwosari railway station in Solo, and 21 minutes later another serious train collision also happened at Petarukan railway station in Pemalang, Central Java.

At least 33 people were reported to have been killed in the second accident involving Argo Anggrek executive train from Jakarta to Surabaya, and Senja Utama business train from Jakarta to Semarang.

At 3 am, the stationary Senja Utama train was rammed from behind by the speeding Argo Anggrek from Jakarta and instantly killed 9 passengers of the ill-fated train.

A Petarukan station official said on condition of anonymity that the death toll continued to rise from nine to 33 people, while tens of others sustained serious and minor injuries.

"Some 30 people were killed and the toll will probably keep increasing because evacuation still continued," the station official said.

The nine-carriage Senja Utama train, with hundreds of passengers, hurtled off the rails, leaving several coaches on their sides and one overturned.

Police, ambulances, and firefighting crews rushed to the scene in the darkness along the single-lane track and evacuated the victims to the nearest hospitals.

Pemalang Police Chief Senior Commissioner Sofyan Nugroho said two engine drivers of Argo Angrrek taken to the local police station for questioning.

H said it was too early to determine what might have caused the collision between the two trains on same single track.