of a Mutiara Indah Murni tourist bus died Sunday as bus they were traveling in
crashed in Ngembal village, Tutur (Nongkojajar) district in Pasuruan regency, East Java, on Sunday.
died on the scene, while two other died on the way to Ganesha Medica hospital
they smelled burning braking pads just before the accident as the bus was
rolling downhill. Passengers said the bus went out of control, especially after
the driver, Slamet, slammed to the left in an attempt to avoid a motorcycle, kompas.com reported on Sunday.
one of the bus’ wheels struck a large stone, causing the bus to roll several
times before coming to rest on the shoulder of the opposing lane, blocking traffic
along the highway.
The bus carried
some 60 residents taking a tour from the Candi Lontar housing complex, located in
the Sambikerep district of Surabaya, East Java.
They had just
visited the Agro Bhakti Alam tourism site in Ngembal village and were heading
for the Sengkaling public bath in Malang
regency. The bus had only traveled two kilometers from Agro Bhakti Alam when
the accident occurred.
One of the
passengers, Sasongko, said the bus had broken down in the Purwosari area on
their way to Ngembal village.
He said the
radiator leaked and the bus had braking problems. “The driver sealed the
leakage simply using a bar of soap. The leaking radiator showed that the bus
was not roadworthy,” he told kompas.com.
chief Adj. Comr. Marwan Ishari Purnomo said the police had detained the driver
for further questioning. (nvn)