World News

Indonesian Train Collides With Fuel Truck

Six people were killed and dozens more injured when a crowded Indonesian commuter train hit a fuel truck Monday in Jakarta.

A train passenger named Pandu tells VOA's Indonesian service the train's first passenger car, which was for women only, took the brunt of the impact.



"The train hit the fuel tanker, causing the head of the train and the first (female-only) carriage to overturn and burst into flames. I was in the seventh or eighth carriage. The passengers forced open the door and got off."



Transportation Ministry Spokesman Bambang Ervan says a team has been sent to the scene to start an investigation.





"Based on the preliminary investigation, we assumed the tanker crossed the railway when it was supposed to stop. The railway crossing gate functioned well and has been there forever."



The accident is near the location of a 1987 collision of two trains that left 156 people dead.

(This report was produced in collaboration with the VOA Indonesian service.)

Feature Story

FILE - Zhou Yongkang, then Chinese Communist Party Politburo Standing Committee member in charge of security, attends a plenary session of the National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China.

Chinese State Media Praise Zhou Corruption Probe

Media reports say it is likely Zhou will be expelled from party, his case transferred to the courts, where defendants have little chance of escaping conviction More