Tue, 04 Sep 2001

Lightning causes stations' blackout

JAKARTA (JP): An electrical relay station used to power electric trains at Manggarai railway station was struck by lightning on Monday afternoon, affecting a number of train services.

Due to the incident, stations in Jatinegara, Manggarai, Gondangdia, Karet and Duren Kalibata experienced a power blackout and could not be served by electric trains, Zainal Abidin, spokesman for state-owned PT KAI's Jakarta office, was quoted by detik.com as saying.

He said that as a result, trains services were suspended at many stations, forcing passengers to use buses or public minivans to reach their homes.

According to Zainal, PT KAI was trying to fix the technical problem, but he could not say how long it would take. (04)