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Indonesia probes deadly train collision

English.news.cn   2013-12-10 18:58:53            

JAKARTA, Dec. 10 (Xinhua) -- Indonesian transport safety commission and police kicked off investigation on Monday's train and fuel tanker crash that killed at least 6 people and injured dozens others, police said here on Tuesday.

National police spokesman Boy Rafly Amar said that the investigation was looking for any possible violation of regulations.

"After collecting data and evidence, we will see then whether there is any breaking of law in the accident," he said at national police headquarters.

A commuter train slammed into a truck hauling about 240,000 kiloliter gasoline at crossing in Bintaro of South Jakarta just before noon on Monday, both cars and tanker flipped on their side, sending a fireball of orange flumes and black smoke shooting skyward as the fuel exacerbated the impact of the collision.

More than 80 people were injured in the accident.

So far, four witnesses had been questioned, including the officer in charge of overseeing the crossing gate and other eye witnesses, said Boy.

In addition to looking for legal violation, the investigation aimed at finding out the cause of the collision, said Tatang Kurniadi, head of the commission.

"We look for weaknesses in a system when an accident happened, then it will be improved," he said.

Earlier, Brigadier Tieter Wahyanto, police officer in charge at the national traffic management center told Xinhua by phone that the gate was malfunctioned that it could not close perfectly when the train was passing the gate.

Train collision, especially at crossings, has been frequent in Indonesia, partly due to aging and poorly-built railroad network. The accident indicates the need to upgrade the transport network in the vast archipelago country amid strong economic growth.

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