33 killed in Indonesia train crash

PEMALANG, Indonesia, Oct 2 (AFP) - At least 33 people were killed today when a passenger train slammed into the back of another train in Indonesia, leaving dozens trapped in the mangled wreckage, an official said.

Police said human error was to blame for the accident, which occurred early in the morning at a station in Petarukan Pemalang, Central Java province.

“Thirty three people were killed and more than 30 were injured. All the victims have been extracted from the train and taken to hospital,” transport ministry spokesman Bambang Ervan told AFP.

Officers at the scene said a train headed to Surabaya smashed into the rear carriages of a Semarang-bound locomotive that was waiting at the platform.

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