Nine killed as train crashes into overcrowded childrens amusement park ride

Nine people on-board an overcrowded children's amusement park ride have reportedly been killed after the vehicle collided with a train.

Three children and six women are believed to have died in the horror crash, with the open top minibus believed to have been carrying 20 passengers at the time.

The open top bus, known by locals in Indonesia's Banten state as an odong-odong, had tragically crashed into a train after heading over a railway crossing.

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According to reports from local media, the colourful vehicle was carrying 20 individuals, which usually carry around only a dozen small youngsters in low-income areas scattered across Indonesia.

Serang Traffic Police Chief Tiwi Afrina said: "[The odong-odong] was traveling from Walantata towards Kragilan and it was driving through a gate-less railway crossing.

"Then the accident happened between the train and the odong-odong. Nine people were killed. With 20 passengers, the odong-odong surely exceeded its maximum capacity."

Many survivors of the crash, which occurred when the odong-odong careered through a gateless railway crossing, were rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment to their injuries.

Despite injuries and death among the passengers, the driver of the open-topped bus came away from the incident completely unscathed.

The driver has since been taken into custody for further questioning.

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Transport chiefs are now looking into closing down the "illegal" crossing where the fatal odong-odong crash took place.

Adita Irawat, spokesperson for the Ministry of Transportation, said: "We are sorry for the odong-odong accident that was hit by a train in Kragilan, Serang Regency, Banten.

"We regret the incident that caused the death toll. The team will conduct further investigations with related parties."

An influx in serious incidents around the area has been noted, with commonplace traffic collisions, many of which involving railway crossings, noted as serious incidents, The Sun reported.

Shoddy infrastructure and reckless driving have been blamed for the influx in serious incidents.

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