JAKARTA, Indonesia — A vacationer bus plummeted right into a ravine on Indonesia’s principal island of Java after its brakes apparently malfunctioned, killing no less than 26 folks and injuring 35 others, police and rescuers mentioned Thursday.
The bus was carrying a bunch of Islamic junior highschool college students and their mother and father from the West Java province city of Subang to a pilgrimage website within the province’s Tasikmalaya district when the accident occurred late Wednesday on a winding highway, the native police chief Eko Prasetyo Robbyanto mentioned.
He mentioned the bus plunged into the 65-fooot-deep ravine after the driving force misplaced management of the automobile in an space with various sharp declines.
The police have been nonetheless investigating the reason for the accident, however survivors informed authorities that the automobile’s brakes apparently malfunctioned, Robbyanto mentioned.
The Bandung search and rescue company chief, Deden Ridwansah, mentioned the 26 our bodies and 35 injured folks have been taken to a hospital and a close-by well being clinic. He mentioned rescuers are nonetheless looking for one other particular person trapped within the bus.
13 of the injured have been handled for critical accidents, Ridwansah mentioned. 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 useless to ambulances. Grieving family members waited for details about their family members at Sumedang’s basic hospital.
Highway accidents are widespread in Indonesia due to poor security requirements and infrastructure.
In December 2019, 35 folks 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 folks have been killed after a packed vacationer bus plunged from a hill in West Java’s hilly space.