It is important to identify and correct possible human and technical errors in the accident
Jakarta (ANTARA) - Vice President Ma'ruf Amin urged relevant stakeholders to immediately figure out and correct errors possibly causing a collision between long-distance and local trains in Bandung District, West Java, on Friday morning.

"It is important to identify and correct possible human and technical errors in the accident," Amin remarked after a luncheon with journalists at the Vice Presidential Palace in Jakarta.

If the collision was triggered by a human error, Amin noted that relevant parties should carry out an even stricter selection process for railway officers.

He noted that an accident is indeed an unwanted event, adding that a collision caused by a technical problem is beyond tolerance.

"I believe that a technical issue allegedly causing the crash should not happen," he affirmed.

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The vice president then dubbed the collision as a fatal accident while pushing relevant stakeholders to run railway systems in Indonesia in a more careful manner.

"That collision truly was a fatal accident. For that reason, we need to be more careful because it is a matter of people's lives and losses. A failure in the rail management might be responsible for the collision," he stated.

On Friday, at 6:03 a.m. local time, the Bandung-Surabaya Turangga train and a Bandung Raya commuter line train collided on a route between the Haurpugur and Cicalengka stations in Cicalengka Sub-district.

According to state-owned railway company PT Kereta Api Indonesia (KAI), a total of 478 passengers of the trains are safe, while four train crew members -- a train driver, a driver assistant, a train attendant, and a security officer -- were reportedly dead.

The Ministry of Transportation's Directorate General of Railways has deployed a team to evacuate victims and deal with disruption to train services, while KAI and the National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT) are planning on a joint investigation to figure out the cause of the accident.

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