Wednesday, September 28, 2011

8 killed in Indonesia ferry stampede

At least eight people were killed when an explosion triggered a stampede on a docked ferry in central Indonesia Wednesday, authorities said.

Fifty-eight others were injured, 19 of whom remain in the hospital following the incident in Surabaya, East Java, said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a senior official at the National Disaster Management Agency.

Panic ensued when people heard the the explosion, sending about 875 passengers scrambling to get out, said Marzuki, an official with the local search and rescue agency.

Officials have given different accounts of what may have caused the blast.

Nugroho told CNN a fire on the ferry was apparently caused when a lamp on the deck set fire to a truck's cargo of dried onions.

Transportation Ministry spokesman Bambang Ervan also said there was a fire in the truck and expressed disappointment that the stampede happened.

Marzuki said the explosion was from a cargo truck parked in the lower deck of the ferry. The truck's windshield broke and its engine exploded, but there was no fire, according to the official. more