Idul Fitri exodus death toll hits 144
Deadly Accident: People look at a Suzuki minivan that
was involved in a traffic accident in Sukoharjo, Central
Java on Monday, killing four passengers. – Antara/Puput Ady
The death toll from traffic accidents on highways used by homegoing
holiday revelers across the country has reached 144, police say.
National Police deputy chief for operations Insp. Gen. Soenarko said Thursday
there had beent 743 traffic accidents from Sept. 3 to Sept. 8 nationwide,
killing 144 people and wounding 579 others. Most of the victims were holidaymakers
riding motorcycles, Soenarko added.
"The accidents happened mostly on the Java north coast road and
alternative routes,” he said as quoted by Antara state news agency.
During the Idul Fitri exodus last year there were 1,646 traffic accidents across
the country, claiming 702 lives and injuring 2,556 others.
Soenarko said the police would help ease traffic and escort motorcyclists on
their way back from their hometowns to their places of residence after the Idul