Train crash in Ywar Thar Gyi township

Mar 12, 2008 (DVB), A railway collision between a cargo train and a local service near the railway station in Ywar Thar Gyi township near Rangoon earlier today resulted in no injuries, according to officials.

According to a resident of Ywar Thar Gyi township, the train crash took place at around 11.30am today when a cargo train coming in to Ywar Thar Gyi railway station failed to stop at a red light and bumped into a train carrying students from Ywar Thar Gyi university.

"Cargo train 907, heading out from Rangoon, collided with the local train Ma (6), which was carrying students, after it failed to reduce speed at the red traffic light," the resident said.

"Two carriages from the trains came off the track and tipped over at 45-degree angles to the ground."

He said that no injuries had been reported so far but officials from Ywar Thar Gyi railway station informed passengers that trains would not start running again until about 3pm.

Ywar Thar Gyi township police station could not be reached for comment, but an officer on duty at the neighbouring New Dagon township police station said it was only a small clash due to a communication error and said that no one was injured in the accident.

Reporting by Naw Say Phaw

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