Commuter train hits fuel truck in Indonesia
At least four people have been killed and 72 injured when a commuter train collided with a truck carrying fuel in south Jakarta.PT0M34S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2z2b4 620 349 December 10, 2013
A passenger train has crashed and exploded into flames killing around seven people, after crashing into a gas truck in south Jakarta.
The Serpong to Tanah Abang train was passing through the southern suburb of Bintaro at about 11.23 am local time (3.23 pm AEDT) when it hit the truck carrying petrol for state company Pertamina, and burst into flames. Witnesses said the truck had failed to stop at the level crossing, that the barrier had failed to close, even though the warning bells were sounding.
The front carriage of the passenger train, which is reserved for women only to protect them from sexual harassment, bore the brunt of the crash. A fireball immediately engulfed the carriage as flames burst 20 metres into the air. It was still in flames 90 minutes later.
Smoke and flames billow from a fire after a commuter train collided with a truck hauling fuel on the outskirts of Jakarta. Photo: AP
The driver of the train was thought to have died in the crash. Reports say the front carriage was very full of passengers, which had compounded the difficulty of escaping from the wreckage.
Early reports suggested that seven bodies, two of them of women, had been dragged from the wreckage. Estimates of the number who died initially varied wildly amid chaotic scenes, but a police officer at the site was quoted saying 30 may have died. Police later revised the figure down to "around" seven deaths.
A male passenger, who managed to escape the wreck, said the automatic doors on the train could not be opened and that panicked passengers had run to the rear of their carriages, away from the fire. Many had escaped by breaking the glass of the windows, he said.
More than 65 passengers, including a number of children, were injured and were taken to local hospitals. Most of the injured suffered from burns and broken bones.
A tropical rain storm that began about two hours after the crash helped fire crews to quell the fire.