The red app-based taxi that was totalled in the accident. Photo: South Tangerang Police.

At least four people were killed in an accident that saw an app-based taxi struck by a commuter train in Banten, Indonesia.

South Tangerang Police criminal unit head Alexander Yurikho said the accident took place at an unrated railway crossing in the Jatake village of the Tangerang Regency at around 1pm on May 11, The Jakarta Post reported.

The taxi was reported to be a red Kia Picanto which was carrying a family from Kampung Kandang to the ITC Serpong Mall in South Tangerang. Of eight passengers in the car, four were declared dead at the scene and the remaining four were injured. The youngest fatality was a 5-month-old infant. The injured are currently being treated at the Medika Hospital and the Hermina Hospital in South Tangerang.

According to a written statement from Yurikho, the car was hit by a commuter train on the Maja-Tanah Abang route when they were at a crossing. The train dragged the taxi for about 100 meters before it bounced free.

The authorities plan to look deeper into the case but have stressed that their main concern is the victims’ recovery.

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