Indonesian ferry fire, train collision kill 16

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
January 28, 2011 08:37

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Hundreds of people were injured in Indonesia early Friday when two passenger trains collided and a crowded ferry burst into flames, officials said. The death toll from the twin disasters stood at 16.

The accidents occurred 30 minutes apart on the main island of Java.

At 2:30 a.m., an eastbound train stopped on a track on the outskirts of Banjar, a village in West Java province, and was hit head-on by another slow-moving train that was trying to switch lanes.

"We're still investigating," said Bambang Ervan, a spokesman for the Transportation Ministry, as rescuers shuttled dozens of injured to nearby hospitals, some in critical condition.

At least five people died, said railway spokesman Bambang Supriyanto.

Thirty minutes later and 225 miles (360 kilometers) to the west, a crowded ferry caught fire in waters just off Java, sending panicked passengers jumping into the water.


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