JAKARTA: A collision between a minibus and train at a level crossing in Indonesia’s most populous island Java on Sunday killed as many as 11 people and wounded several others, authorities told local media.
According to Kompas TV report, the train was going towards the port city of Surabaya when it struck a minibus carrying passengers at a crossing in the East Java city of Lumajang at about 8:00 pm.
“Ten died on the spot, and one passed away at a community health centre following receiving medical treatment,” acting Lumajang district chief Indah Wahyuni told the television. She added four people including a kid were being treated at a hospital in the area.
Indonesia Bus, Train Crash Kills Eleven
“At the time, there were no railway cross blocks, so there were no symbols that could give information to the train driver,” a Kompas TV reporter said following the accident.
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Anwar Yuli Prastyo, a local government official told Kompas TV the train proceeded on its journey following the mishap.
Transport and road accidents are not uncommon in Indonesia, a vast archipelago country where trains, buses, and even planes are frequently old maintained. In 2015, a collision between a train and a minibus on a level crossing in Jakarta killed about 16 people.
In 2013, as many as 7 people were killed and several injured when a train collided with an oil tanker at a level crossing in the city of Jakarta and burst into huge flames.