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Dutch Tourist Dies After Getting Hit By Train in Yogyakarta

A 23-year-old Dutch tourist died after stepping in front of a train at the station in  Lempuyangan, Yogyakarta on October 20.

The woman, whom authorities are only identifying by her initials DP, was reported to be at the station with a companion right before the incident. While it’s still unclear how she ended up in harm’s way, some officials believe she committed suicide.  

Eko Budiyanto, a PR manager at Indonesia’s railway company PT Kereta Api said it looked like DP intentionally jumped onto the tracks after it was announced that the train was arriving at the station.

As reported by Detik, Budiyanto said, “There are indications that she committed suicide by jumping and getting herself hit by the train.” He added that there were a handful of people in the vicinity who witnessed the incident and tried to help her.

Officials believe DP died instantly. Her body was taken to a nearby hospital and police are currently investigating the circumstances of her death.

Although the Dutch woman was a tourist, the issue of suicide is something that often gets swept under the rug in Indonesian culture. Many people suffering from mental illness in the archipelago remain undiagnosed and untreated. In May, a man jumped to his death from the roof of Mall of Indonesia in Kelapa Gading.

See: Breaking The Stigma On Mental Illness In Indonesia

Featured image via yogya-backpacker

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