Jakarta (ANTARA) - The National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT) has formed a team tasked with investigating the cause of the train collision that occurred in Bandung District, West Java, on Friday morning.

"An investigating team has been formed and is currently heading to the location (of the accident)," KNKT's Head of Data, Information, and Public Relations, Anggo Anugoro, noted in a statement received in Jakarta on Friday.

A collision involving the Turangga Surabaya-Bandung Train and a Bandung local commuter line train took place in an area between the Haurpugur Station and Cicalengka Station in Cicalengka Sub-district at 6:03 a.m. local time.

Based on the latest information, a total of 478 passengers of the two trains have been confirmed to survive the crash, while four train crew members, consisting of a driver, assistant driver, steward, and security officer died as a result of the train accident.

Earlier, state-owned railway company PT KAI revealed that it would collaborate with KNKT to immediately figure out the cause of the accident.

"KAI will conduct a joint investigation with KNKT to find out the reason behind the train collision," KAI's Vice President of Public Relations, Joni Martinus, stated.

He noted that the company had taken responsive measures following the accident, including evacuating derailed train cars and conducting repair on damaged rails.

"We will reroute trains that were scheduled to pass by the Haurpugur-Cicalengka route and accommodate (passengers) with alternative means of transport," Martinus said.

In response to the crash, the Ministry of Transportation has extended an apology and condolences over the event.

"The Transportation Ministry would like to express its deep condolences over the train collision that occurred on the Cicalengka-Haurpugur route in Bandung this morning," the ministry's spokesperson, Adita Irawati, remarked in Jakarta.

She also noted that the ministry's Directorate General of Railway had fielded a team to collaborate with relevant stakeholders to take immediate measures to evacuate victims and deal with disruption to train services.

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