Damages and injuries as trains in Central Java get stoned

Damages and injuries as trains in Central Java get stoned

INDONESIA - Stones thrown at moving trains within state railway operator PT KAI's Operational Region (Daop) V/Purwokerto in Central Java have caused damages and injured passengers, a spokesman said Wednesday.

Daop V/Purwokerto spokesman Surono said rock throwing was quite common, as 24 cases were recorded from February to October along with three incidents of sabotage.

"That's the data we received. The number of cases may be higher because some of them have gone unreported," he said in Purwokerto, Central Java.

So far, no rock throwers have been arrested, but three passengers have suffered injuries after being struck by rocks that were thrown through train windows.

Hurled stones have damaged as many as 1,032 windows of trains owned by Daop V/Purwokerto over the past nine months, 32 of them on executive trains and 1,000 windows on business and economy class trains.

Cases have been reported in other operational regions as well.

"We have so far spent Rp 200 million (S$22,000) replacing damaged windows," Surono said.

"The amount excludes potential losses from trains not being used while undergoing repairs."

A glass pane of an executive train costs Rp 1 million, while that of a business or economy train costs between Rp 300,000 and Rp 400,000.

The glass pane of an executive train is costlier because it is thicker and uses two layers of film.

The highest number of rock throwing incidents recorded in the Purwokerto operational region were in Cilacap regency, with 10 cases, followed by Kebumen regency (six cases), Banyumas regency (four cases), Brebes regency (three cases) and Tegal regency (one case).

The three most prone areas in Cilacap were the railway line between Gandrungmangu and Sidareja stations, Jeruklegi and Kawunganten stations and the line between Gumilir and Cilacap stations.

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