Sat, 25 Jan 2003

Train derailment in Padalarang kills two

Two people were killed when a freight train drove off a dead-end track into a ravine beside Cilame station, Padalarang, 15 kilometers west of the West Java capital of Bandung on Thursday.

The cause of PT Kereta Api Indonesia's (PT KAI's) latest fatal accident appears to be related to a stop light either not being activated or ignored.

PT KAI spokesman for Bandung, Akhmad Sujadi, said on Friday that police had been unable to remove the bodies of the victims, who were crushed beneath two cars.

"The team has just found their legs while other body parts have yet to be removed," he said.

A third man, Asep, 24, from Bandung, suffered serious injuries. He was being cared for at the Hasan Sadikin General Hospital in the city.

Akhmad said the victims were illegal passengers because the 15-car train, carrying textiles to Tanjung Priok port in Jakarta, was not intended for passengers.

Akhmad said locomotive engineer Sukirwan was helping police with their investigation. --JP