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At least 10 killed in Indonesian transport accidents

Other News Materials 28 January 2011 08:35
At least 10 people were killed Friday in two separate transport accidents in Indonesia, officials and media reports said.
At least 10 killed in Indonesian transport accidents

At least 10 people were killed Friday in two separate transport accidents in Indonesia, officials and media reports said.

Seven people were killed when a ferry travelling between the islands of Java and Sumatra caught fire before dawn, said Bambang Ervan, a spokesman for the Transportation Ministry, dpa reported.

"Information that we have received so far is that seven people were killed," Ervan said.

Dozens of other people on board were rescued, he said, adding that authorities were investigating the cause of the fire.

In another accident, three people were killed and seven seriously injured when two passenger trains collided at Kota Banjar in West Java province, the state Antara news agency said.

Three people were still trapped in one of the trains, said Surono, a spokesman for the state railway company, was quoted as saying by Antara. Like many Indonesians he uses only one name.

Transport accidents are common in Indonesia as the world's fourth most populous country grapples with dilapidated infrastructure.

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