Derailed trains in Bandung disrupt schedule
The Jakarta Post
Two derailed trains at Kilometer 153+1/2 between Padalarang Station and Cilame Station in western Bandung disrupted the schedule of other trains on Tuesday, including those between the West Java capital and Jakarta.
The affected schedules were those of three Argo Parahyangan trains from Bandung Station to Jakarta, two Argo Parahyangan trains from Jakarta to Bandung, Harina a train from Surabaya in East Java to Bandung, a Ciremai train from Bandung to Semarang in Central Java and a local train from Purwakarta to Padalarang.
“We apologize for the interrupted travel time of several trains this Tuesday morning,” said Joni Martinus, spokesperson of state-owned railway operator PT Kereta Api Indonesia’s (KAI) II Regional Operation (Daop).
“All tracks went back to normal at 7.30 a.m. The first train that passed the railway was Argo Parahyangan from Bandung to Jakarta, which departed at 4.15 a.m.,” he added.
Joni said PT KAI currently was investigating the derailment of two railway maintenance trains that occurred at 2.20 a.m. during track inspections.
Train passenger Martian Damanik said he was disappointed that the company had not made an announcement about the incident.
He was on an Argo Parahyangan train that departed from Bandung to Jakarta. The train stopped in Cimahi Station for an hour and made another long stop in Padalarang Station.
“We heard the news when we were in Padalarang. They told us that we could refund our ticket. But I think it was too late, the information should have been dispersed when we were still in Bandung, so that we could decide whether to continue traveling with the train,” he said in an interview with Kompas TV. (vla)
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