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Coach on Rangoon passenger train derails; four people injured

Rangoon (Mizzima) – Four passengers were seriously injured when the last carriage of a Rangoon “circle” passenger train detached from the train and derailed between Kamayut and Hledan stations in Kamayut Township at 1:55 p.m. on Thursday.

Three men and a woman were seriously injured after the carriage detached and fell on its side, authorities said.

Rangoon Region Transportation Minister Aung Khin and the Rangoon Region military commander went to the scene of the accident. The commander told reporters that the accident was from “natural” causes.

The railway carriage carried 20 people at the time of the accident. The injured were identified as the Insein railway station chief Kyaw Shwe, 56, Ye Win, 57, Hla Oo, 27, and Naw Li Khin, 49.
The Rangoon military commander told reporters that the train coach derailment was  due to a "natural cause." The derailment of the last passenger coach seriously  injured four people, authorities said. 
“The train left Insein at 1:35 p.m. I stopped the train as soon as I knew that the last carriage had detached from the train,” said Win Min Oo, the train driver.
A witness living in the area said, “We were sitting in a shop when we heard a loud sound, and we looked and saw a carriage had left the train and it kept going under its own momentum for about 150 yards and then fell on its side. Some people went to the carriage and helped the passengers exit with the help of ladders.”
Last Updated ( Friday, 02 September 2011 10:21 )  

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