Indonesian passenger train derails, injuring 70

April 21, 2007 14:09


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A passenger train derailed after heavy rain damaged tracks on a key Indonesian railway Saturday, leaving at least 70 people injured, an official said. Dozens of other trains had to be rerouted. Five of the train's eight cars derailed in the Central Java province city of Garut, an area that was not considered a disaster risk, said Sukendar Mulya, a spokesman for the state-owned train company. "But nature is always unpredictable," he said, adding that the accident occurred halfway through the train's journey from the capital, Jakarta, to the town of Kroya. "Some things are beyond human will." At least 70 people were injured, 16 seriously, he said. The train company arranged to have two dozen buses take about 1,000 passengers to their destinations.

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