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Indonesia train derails in landslide; 3 dead

/ 01:44 PM April 05, 2014

Indonesian police search for survivors following a train derailment at village Mekar Sari in Tasikmalaya, West Java, Indonesia, Friday, April 4, 2014. A landslide triggered by heavy rain derailed a train as it travelled through Indonesia’s main island of Java. Rail track is seen at bottom. (AP Photo/Erwin Gobel)

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

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

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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-feet) deep ravine, sending hundreds of panicked passengers running away. Rescuers pulled out the three bodies pinned under the wreckage, Junerfin said.

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