Archipelago

Three killed as bus hits
cars, motorcycles in Semarang

Fatal smash: Police officers inspect the scene after a bus hit three cars and eight motorcycles before crashing into a utility pole on Jl. Dr. Wahidin in Tanah Putih, Semarang, Central Java, on Friday. Three people died in the accident. (JP/Suherdjoko)
Fatal smash: Police officers inspect the scene after a bus hit three cars and eight motorcycles before crashing into a utility pole on Jl. Dr. Wahidin in Tanah Putih, Semarang, Central Java, on Friday. Three people died in the accident. (JP/Suherdjoko)

Three people were killed and 12 others were injured after a city bus serving the Tembalang—Mangkang route lost control on Jl. Dr. Wahidin, Semarang, Central Java, on Friday afternoon, hitting three oncoming cars and eight motorcycles. The bus apparently suffered brake failure.

The three fatalities were all Semarang residents and were identified as Eko Budianto, of Pandean, Taman Kebonharjo; Agus Irfan Sulistya, of Jl. Ganesha Mukti; and Adi Nur Nugroho of Kelengan Kecil, Kembang Sari.

Of the 12 injured, seven suffered minor injuries while the rest were detained in hospital for treatment. Semarang Mayor Hendrar Prihardi visited the victims being treated at RS Roemani hospital on Friday.

Suwarno, a witness, said that he saw the bus traveling out of control down the sloping road in the Tanah Putih area. It moved at high speed and crossed over into the opposite lane.

The bus hit a Honda Jazz, Nissan Livina and a Mazda car and eight motorcycles before it finally came to a halt after crashing into a large utility pole.

Two of the injured victims who were treated at RS Dr Kariadi Semarang hospital — namely Sirila Oktaviani Ananda, 20, of East Karonsih Timur, Ngaliyan, and Resti, 25, of Sawo Tanggul, Jember — still appeared shocked when The Jakarta Post spoke to them at the hospital.

They were passengers on bus operated by the PO Nugroho company.

“I am still shocked,” said Resti, who was sitting directly behind the driver when the accident happened.

The municipal Transportation, Communication and Information Agency is still investigating the cause of the accident.

The bus driver, Susanto, 46, of Jl. Kawi, Semarang, promptly surrendered himself to police on duty some 200 meters from the accident site.

“We brought him directly to the police’s traffic unit for further investigation,” a police officer said.

The recent crash is one among a number of deadly traffic accidents involving buses in Java.

On Feb. 27, 17 people were killed and 58 injured after a Mustika Mega Utama tour bus slammed into a cliff in the Puncak area in Ciloto, Cianjur regency, West Java.

The bus was transporting around 75 passengers from Bogor who were on a pilgrimage to Cikundul in Cikalong Kulon, also in Cianjur.

On Jan. 21, a Citra BSM bus serving Magelang-Sukorejo hit an oncoming motorcycle ridden by Wahyudi in Temanggung, Central Java. Wahyudi, his wife and his baby, who were also on the motorcycle, were killed in the accident.

Previously on Jan. 9, three high school students were killed, 21 others were injured when their bus, PO Keluarga, overturned in Cilacap, Central Java. On Feb. 10, 2012, a Kurnia Bhakti bus, which was traveling from Garut in West Java heading to Jakarta, plunged into a ravine in Cisarua, Bogor, also in West Java.

Fourteen people reportedly died, while 40 others were injured in that accident.

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