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Rail Tragedy in Cicalengka: A Devastating Train Collision

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Rail Tragedy in Cicalengka: A Devastating Train Collision
A train carriage plunges into a rice field following an accident in Cicalengka, Bandung Regency, West Java, Friday (5/1/2024). Two people were killed in the incident involving Turangga train and Bandung Raya Commuter Line train.

Jakarta, Timerilis.com – A routine journey turned tragic for passengers in Cicalengka, Bandung Regency. Two trains, KA Turangga and the Bandung Raya local, collided near the Cicalengka and Haurpugur Stations at 06.53 WIB. This moment of misfortune brought everything to a standstill and cast a shadow of mourning.

Quickly, the news of the collision captured nationwide attention. PT Kereta Api Indonesia (Persero) and the National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT) swiftly launched an investigation to find the cause. They confirmed the loss of three lives: the engineer and assistant engineer of the Bandung Raya local train, and a steward from KA Turangga.

This crash affected not only the victims’ families but also disrupted travel for thousands. The authorities had to close the Haurpugur-Cicalengka line for evacuation and repairs. Consequently, this caused delays and rerouting, extending travel times by 2-3 hours.

KAI apologized for the disruption and committed to quickening the repair and investigation efforts. The community is in mourning, acknowledging the rare but profound impact of such train accidents.

In essence, this incident highlights the crucial need for safety in travel. It stands as a stark lesson for train operation teams to constantly improve safety standards. We hope this tragedy leads to vital changes, making train travel in Indonesia safer and more comfortable for all.