Commuter train hits passenger bus in Indonesia; 18 dead

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At Least 18 Dead in Jakarta Bus, Train Crash

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- A commuter train slammed into a passenger minibus Sunday at a railroad crossing in Indonesia's capital, killing at least 18 people and seriously injuring six others.

The bus driver allegedly ignored the warning signals when he crossed the rail tracks and was rammed by the train in western Jakarta, said Wirdhanto, the police chief in the neighborhood of Tambora. Like many Indonesians, Wirdhanto uses only one name.

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JAKARTA, INDONESIA - DECEMBER 06: Indonesian firefighters cut the wreckage of a minibus after it collided with a train in Jakarta on December 6, 2015. A collision between a commuter train and a minibus on a level crossing in the Indonesian capital Jakarta on December 6 killed at least 16 people and injured several others, an official said. (Photo by Jevayona Delita/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Indonesian firefighters cut the wreckage of a minibus after it collided with a train in Jakarta on December 6, 2015. A collision between a commuter train and a minibus on a level crossing in the Indonesian capital Jakarta on December 6 killed at least 14 people and injured several others, an official said. AFP PHOTO / ADEK BERRY / AFP / ADEK BERRY (Photo credit should read ADEK BERRY/AFP/Getty Images)
JAKARTA, INDONESIA - DECEMBER 06: Indonesian firefighters cut the wreckage of a minibus after it collided with a train in Jakarta on December 6, 2015. A collision between a commuter train and a minibus on a level crossing in the Indonesian capital Jakarta on December 6 killed at least 16 people and injured several others, an official said. (Photo by Jevayona Delita/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
JAKARTA, INDONESIA - DECEMBER 06: Indonesian firefighters cut the wreckage of a minibus after it collided with a train in Jakarta on December 6, 2015. A collision between a commuter train and a minibus on a level crossing in the Indonesian capital Jakarta on December 6 killed at least 16 people and injured several others, an official said. (Photo by Jevayona Delita/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Indonesian firefighters move the wreckage of a minibus after it collided with a train in Jakarta on December 6, 2015. A collision between a commuter train and a minibus on a level crossing in the Indonesian capital Jakarta on December 6 killed at least 14 people and injured several others, an official said. AFP PHOTO / ADEK BERRY / AFP / ADEK BERRY (Photo credit should read ADEK BERRY/AFP/Getty Images)
JAKARTA, INDONESIA - DECEMBER 06: Indonesian firefighters cut the wreckage of a minibus after it collided with a train in Jakarta on December 6, 2015. A collision between a commuter train and a minibus on a level crossing in the Indonesian capital Jakarta on December 6 killed at least 16 people and injured several others, an official said. (Photo by Jevayona Delita/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
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All of those who were killed were traveling in the minibus. No one aboard the train was injured.

The shattered bus was seen lying on the tracks after it was dragged by the train up to a nearby platform, about 300 meters (yards) from the collision site.

Thirteen minibus passengers died instantly, while another died on the way to a hospital, Wirdhanto said.

The minibus driver and his assistant were among four people who died at three Jakarta hospitals, while six others were hospitalized with serious injuries, said Musyafak, who heads Jakarta police's medical and health division.

He said that no one traveling in the train's eight cars were hurt, and that all rail signals were working at the time of the crash. The train was headed to Jakarta's neighboring town of Bogor with about 400 passengers.

Road, train, boat and air accidents are common in Indonesia, due largely to poor safety standards.

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