Saturday, 14 December 2019

Deadly Railway Accidents in Jakarta

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  • A forklift was deployed to help evacuate victims after an accident between a train and a truck at a crossing in Poris Plawad, Tangerang (04/10). The accident caused two people dead and one in critical condition. TEMPO/Marifka Wahyu Hidayat.

    A forklift was deployed to help evacuate victims after an accident between a train and a truck at a crossing in Poris Plawad, Tangerang (04/10). The accident caused two people dead and one in critical condition. TEMPO/Marifka Wahyu Hidayat.

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Railroad accidents in Jakarta continue to be dangerous with another accident on Saturdaykilling two people after their car was hit by an economy class train along the Jakarta-Tangerang route. 

    The two victims were Anita, 36, and her mother Ong Kam Ong, 70. They died after the train collided with the car at the railroad crossing in West Jakarta. 

    Police Adjunct Commissioner Ramhat Dalizar told Tempo that the railroad crossing had no crossbar and was only guarded by local residents. 

    Chief of the West Jakarta Traffic Unit, Police Adjunct Senior Commissioner Ipung Purnomo said the police have no details about the number of railroad crossings in West Jakarta that are not guarded. 

    Tempo’s records show that six accidents have occurred at railroad crossing points in Jakarta and its surroundings this year, killing six individuals. 

    Previously, DKI Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo said the administration planned to build around 12 flyovers and tunnels in the capital city. 

    Jakarta lawmaker M. Sanusi said the Jakarta Legislative Council has approved the budget for constructing an underpass and flyover at two rail road crossing locations in Jakarta. The city has allocated Rp300 billion for this construction, which is hoped to minimize the number of accidents occurring at railroad crossings. 

    ISMI DAMAYANTI | ERWAN HERMAWAN | JULI HANTORO