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8 killed, 60 injured in Indonesian train accident.

JAKARTA, Aug. 16 Kyodo

At least eight people were killed and 60 others injured, 27 seriously, after two carriages of a passenger train collided with each other on Indonesia's Sumatra Island on Saturday, the state-run news agency reported.

Antara quoted Mawardi, head of Lampung Province's state-run railway company PT Kereta Api Indonesia, as saying the accident occurred at 7 a.m. in the provincial capital Bandarlampung after the driver of the Limex Sriwijaya train applied the brakes to avoid hitting a cargo train.

''The engine driver put on the brakes suddenly because he only realized that there was a coal train coming from the opposite direction after the distance was very close,'' said Mawardi, who like many Indonesians goes by only one name.

''Although he was able to avoid a collision with the coal train, the sudden act caused two Limex carriages to collide with each other,'' he added.

Most of the dead and injured passengers were packed in the space between the two carriages where the collision occurred.

Recent years have seen increasing railway accidents in Indonesia due to its aging railway network and poorly maintained equipment. Trains are usually packed with passengers, who often occupy spaces between carriages and sit on the roof of the train.
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