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Seven die in Myanmar rail accident

Source: Associated Press Publication date: Apr 18, 2000

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- Seven people were killed and at least 24 injured when four coaches of a passenger train derailed near Thaton in Mon State, 130 kilometers (81 miles) southeast of Yangon, state-run newspapers reported Tuesday.

Two children and three women were among the dead in the Sunday afternoon accident, reported the Burmese-language daily The Mirror.

The train was en route to Yangon from Mottama, opposite the Mon State capital Mawlamyine. Mottama and Mawlamyine are sometimes known by their old names, Martaban and Moulmein.

Railways Minister Pan Aung and regional authorities went to the site and provided necessary assistance to the injured, the report added.

The brief report did not give the cause of the accident or other details.

Myanmar is also known as Burma.

Publication date: Apr 18, 2000 ) 2000, NewsReal, Inc.

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