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At least 18 dead after train hits minibus in Indonesia

Published 06/12/2015

Rescuers remove the wreckage of a passenger minibus after it was hit by a commuter train near Jakarta (AP)
Rescuers remove the wreckage of a passenger minibus after it was hit by a commuter train near Jakarta (AP)

A commuter train has crashed into a minibus at a rail crossing in Indonesia's capital, killing at least 18 people and seriously injuring six others.

The bus driver allegedly ignored the warning signals when he crossed the rail tracks and was rammed by the train in western Jakarta, said the police chief in the neighbourhood of Tambora.

All of those who were killed were travelling in the minibus. No one aboard the train was injured.

The shattered bus was seen lying on the tracks after it was dragged by the train up to a nearby platform, about 300 metres from the collision site.

Thirteen minibus passengers died instantly, while another died on the way to a hospital, the police spokesman said.

The minibus driver and his assistant were among four people who died at three Jakarta hospitals, while six others were taken to hospital with serious injuries.

A spokesman added that no one travelling in the train's eight cars was hurt, and all rail signals were working at the time of the crash. The train was heading to Jakarta's neighbouring town of Bogor with about 400 passengers.

Road, train, boat and air accidents are common in Indonesia, due largely to poor safety standards.

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