JAKARTA, Indonesia — A vacationer bus plummeted right into a ravine on Indonesia’s foremost island of Java after its brakes apparently malfunctioned, killing not less than 26 individuals and injuring 35 others, police and rescuers stated Thursday.
The bus was carrying a gaggle of Islamic junior highschool college students and their mother and father from the West Java province city of Subang to a pilgrimage web site within the province’s Tasikmalaya district when the accident occurred late Wednesday on a winding street, the native police chief Eko Prasetyo Robbyanto stated.
He stated the bus plunged into the 65-fooot-deep ravine after the driving force misplaced management of the car in an space with quite a few sharp declines.
The police have been nonetheless investigating the reason for the accident, however survivors instructed authorities that the car’s brakes apparently malfunctioned, Robbyanto stated.
The Bandung search and rescue company chief, Deden Ridwansah, stated the 26 our bodies and 35 injured individuals have been taken to a hospital and a close-by well being clinic. He stated rescuers are nonetheless trying to find one other individual trapped within the bus.
13 of the injured have been handled for critical accidents, Ridwansah stated. The motive force was amongst these killed.
Tv video confirmed police and rescuers from the Nationwide Search and Rescue Company evacuating injured victims and carrying the lifeless to ambulances. Grieving relations waited for details about their family members at Sumedang’s normal hospital.
Highway accidents are frequent in Indonesia due to poor security requirements and infrastructure.
In December 2019, 35 individuals have been killed when a passenger bus fell right into a 262-foot ravine and crashed right into a fast-flowing river on Sumatra. In early 2018, 27 individuals have been killed after a packed vacationer bus plunged from a hill in West Java’s hilly space.