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Jakarta Post

Three killed while watching ‘Surabaya Membara’ performance

  • Gemma Holliani Cahya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, November 10, 2018   /   03:06 pm
Three killed while watching ‘Surabaya Membara’ performance Residents help a victim who fell from a railway bridge while watching the "Surabaya Membara" theater performance in Surabaya, East Java, on Friday. (Antara/M. Risyal Hidayat)

Three people were killed and 20 others injured when a train passed a crowd of residents celebrating National Heroes Day in Surabaya, East Java, on Friday night.

The crowd had gathered on the edge of a railway bridge on Jl. Pahlawan at 8 p.m.  to watch a theater performance titled Surabaya Membara (Surabaya Burning) near the Heroes Monument.

According to, the scheduled train was passing over the bridge and sounded its horn having slowed down to 15 kilometers per hour from 30 kph after the train driver saw the group of people standing on the railway.

Some people reportedly lost balance as the train moved forward causing the bridge to vibrate, and fell 7 meters to the street below. Three were hit by train.



The Transportation Ministry's railway director general, Zulfikri, said the ministry will compensate the victims of the accident and expressed his condolences to the families who had lost their loved ones.

However, he pointed out that railway bridges are not suitable places from which to view events.

"The [law] clearly states that unauthorized people are prohibited from accessing the tracks for any reason. The railway cannot be used carelessly because it involves the safety of train travel," he said in a press release on Saturday.

Surabaya is known as the City of Heroes, and the outdoor theater performance, which relives the historic Battle of Surabaya when the people fought to liberate their city from Dutch rule on Nov. 10 in 1945, is an annual affair that always draws large crowds in the city. (wit)

Actors perform Actors perform "Surabaya Membara", an annual theater show to commemorate the National Heroes Day in the East Java capital city, on Friday. (Antara/M. Risyal Hidayat)