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Indonesia commuter train in deadly collision

  • 9 December 2013
  • From the section Asia

A commuter train has collided with a vehicle in Indonesia's capital, Jakarta, causing parts of the train to burst into flames.

The incident happened in south Jakarta. The vehicle, said to be a truck carrying fuel, crashed into the train tracks, reports say.

At least five people were killed, including three people working for the train company, police said.

Pictures from the scene showed black smoke billowing from the crash site.

The collision happened at 11:21 local time (04:21 GMT) at a train crossing in Bintaro Permai, police say.

Earlier reports had said that the truck was carrying liquefied gas canisters.

At least five people have been found dead inside the carriages, police told the BBC.

Firefighters contained the flames after a vehicle collided with a train

The number of injured is estimated to be at 78, police added. Dozens are reportedly suffering from burn injuries.

Most of those being treated were women, hospital officials say, as the first carriage which caught fire was exclusive for female passengers.

The truck is said to be from Pertamina, a state-owned oil and gas company.

Witnesses say the train's first two train carriages caught fire and loud explosions were heard.

Local journalist Pandu Jati, who was aboard one of the train carriages, told the BBC passengers in his carriage kept on trying to open the doors and the windows until they managed to evacuate from the train.

At least 500 passengers were believed to be aboard the different train carriages, reports say.

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