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Train derails in Malaysia, killing one child

Source: Associated Press Publication date: 2000-05-21

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- A passenger train derailed in Malaysia Sunday, killing two children, the national Bernama news agency reported.

A 9-year-old girl and a 19-month boy were killed when the Beaufort-Kota Kinabalu train, run by the Sabah State Railway, derailed in the state of Sabah on the island of Borneo, police officer Asang Besar Dulloh was quoted as saying.

Two other passengers were seriously injured and admitted to the state hospital at Beaufort.

Nazri, the 19-month baby, who had been initially reported missing, was killed when he was thrown out of the window.

Rescuers had to use a crane to remove the front portion of the train before they retrieved his body in the evening.

"My child Nazri was seated on my lap and when the train was negotiating a bend it derailed and the impact caused my child to be thrown out of the window," said Sahrin Haji Matlan, 27, an assistant locomotive driver who had been traveling with his six-month pregnant wife Tianah Haji Deris, 20.

"My wife seated on the opposite bench tried to grab the boy but was unsuccessful," he said.

Sabah Deputy Chief Minister Lajim Haji Ukin said the government will set up a special committee to investigate the cause of the derailment. Sunday's was the third train derailment and immediate steps should be taken to check the problem, he said.


-- (, May 21, 2000

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