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Train crash in Indonesia kills dozens

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A crash involving two trains has killed more than 20 people in Indonesia. Local search and rescue teams at the collision site said at least 22 people are dead and another 19 injured.

The accident happened in Pemalang, in the country’s central Java province, at about 2.45am local time. A train coming from Jakarta and bound for East Java ploughed into a stationary train.

There is confusion about how many people are dead – the official figure a tentative 23, but local news agencies are saying it is as high as 33.

Indonesia has had several transport accidents over the past decade and underinvestment on infrastructure is often blamed. The country’s economic growth has struggled since the 1997-1998 finacial crisis, and its GDP is well below potential.