Indonesian passenger ferry catches fire; 8 dead

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Posted: Sep 28, 2011 3:08 AM
Indonesian passenger ferry catches fire; 8 dead

A docked ferry has caught fire in central Indonesia, triggering a stampede that left at least eight people dead and dozens injured.

Brig. Gen. Edi Sumantri, deputy police chief in East Java province, says 500 passengers had already boarded the ferry at the Surabaya port when the fire broke out in a truck that was parked in the vessel early Wednesday.

Some passengers jumped into the sea and others caused a stampede as they tried to run down the loading ramps.

The ferry accident was Indonesia's second this week. On Monday, six people died and 15 others went missing when a ferry caught fire after colliding with a coal-laden ship off Borneo island.

Ferries are a main source of transportation in Indonesia, a vast archipelago nation of 235 million people.