people were killed and 12 others injured when the driver of a bus serving the Tembalang-Mangkang
route lost control of his vehicle and veered into oncoming traffic.
injured were rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment.
Police chief Sr. Comr. Elan Subilan identified the dead as Eko Budianto, Irfan
sulistya and Adi Nur Nugroho. All three were Semarang residents.
are still waiting for the progress of those who have been hospitalized. I hope there will be no more dead victims,” he said as quoted by tempo.co.
Semarang mayor Hendrar Prihardi visited the injured
at Roemani Hospital.
According to eyewitnesses, the bus’ brakes may have failed. Suwarno, one of the
witnesses, said the bus first hit a Honda Jazz and then a Nissan Livina and
finally a red Mazda sedan before plowing into eight motorcycles. The bus finally
stopped after hitting a roadside pole.
Bus driver Nugroho Susanto surrendered to officers at the nearest traffic police
post and was taken to the Semarang Police headquarters to be further questioned
about the accident.
could be charged with reckless driving causing a fatality, which carries a maximum
sentence of 6 years in prison. (nai/dic)