Nine people including three kids killed as train crashes into overcrowded children's ride | The Sun

NINE people were killed after an overcrowded train they were travelling in crashed into an amusement park ride.

Three children and six women died in the horror smash in Indonesia's Banten state on Tuesday.

According to local media, the open-top minibus – known locally as an odong-odong – was carrying 20 passengers at the time.

The colourful vehicles often seat around a dozen small children and are often spotted in low-income areas.

It then careered into a train after storming through a gate-less railway crossing.

Serang Traffic Police Chief Tiwi Afrina said: "[The odong-odong] was traveling from Walantata towards Kragilan and it was driving through a gate-less railway crossing.

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"Then the accident happened between the train and the odong-odong.

"Nine people were killed. With 20 passengers, the odong-odong surely exceeded its maximum capacity."

Surviving passengers – many of them wounded – were rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment.

The driver of the brightly coloured odong-odong escaped unscathed.

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He has now been taken into custody for further questioning, according to local reports.

Transport chiefs have since closed the "illegal" crossing where the fatal incident took place.

Adita Irawat, the spokesperson for the Ministry of Transportation, said: "We are sorry for the odong-odong accident that was hit by a train in Kragilan, Serang Regency, Banten.

"We regret the incident that caused the death toll. The team will conduct further investigations with related parties."

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Traffic collisions are commonplace in Indonesia, with a large amount involving railway crossings.

Shoddy infrastructure and reckless driving have been blamed for the influx in serious incidents.

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