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Indonesia train derails in landslide; 3 dead

April 5, 2014

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A passenger train hit mounds of mud triggered by a landslide and derailed in central Indonesia, killing at least three people and injuring seven, an official said Saturday.

A landslide following torrential rains buried part of the tracks at a dark junction during a heavy downpour and the train’s brakes could not stop it from hitting the mud.

The train derailed late Friday in Tasikmalaya, a district on Java island, killing two men and a female train attendant, said Junerfin, a spokesman for the Indonesian Railway Company who like many Indonesians uses only one name. Seven others were hospitalized, including two in critical condition, he said.

Three coaches fell into a 10-meter (32-foot) -deep ravine, sending hundreds of panicked passengers running away. Rescuers pulled out the three bodies pinned under the wreckage, Junerfin said.

Train accidents are common in Indonesia’s aging railway network and poor infrastructure.

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