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Repair work on the damaged railway tracks and facilities in Kebon Pedes Bogor City West Java concluded a little later than planned on Monday March 11 2019 afternoon The infrastructure had been damaged on Sunday following an accident involving Commuter Line train KA1722 serving the Jatinegara

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Train traffic on the Bogor-Jakarta railway around the Kebon Pedes crossing in Bogor city, West Java, got back to normal on Sunday (11/3/2019), although only on one line. After an accident in which a train derailed on Sunday (10/3/2019), officers of state railway company PT KA and PT KCI repaired the electricity transmission cables on the railway track that were damaged in the accident..

The infrastructure had been damaged on Sunday following an accident involving Commuter Line train KA1722 serving the Jatinegara-Bogor route. Three cars of the train derailed and rolled over. Nineteen people were injured, including the train engineer (Kompas, March 11, 2019).

We should be grateful that the accident caused no fatalities. It also did not trigger extraordinary congestion on the Bogor-Jakarta route or new problems for workers and students commuting to the capital that morning, as had been feared. State-owned railway company PT Kereta Api Indonesia (KAI) was quite responsive in mobilizing around 200 workers for the repair effort and continuing the work even amid heavy rain around the accident site.

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