Four killed in Purbalingga bus plunge
The Jakarta Post
Four people have died after a bus full of mudik travelers plunged into a 10-meter ravine in Bayeman, Purbalingga regency, Central Java, in the early morning of Saturday, just one day before Idul Fitri, which is expected to fall on Sunday.
The accident occurred at 3 a.m. when the driver lost control on the bus “Rosalia Indah” carrying a total of 40 people, including the driver and two crew members, from Jakarta to Yogyakarta.
As many 36 people were injured in the accident and are currently receiving treated at three different hospitals in Purbalingga.
“We are still investigating the cause of the accident. The driver and crew have yet to be able to give information as they are still being treated for injuries,” Purbalingga Police’s traffic unit head Adj. Comr. Sukarwan said.
The evacuation process took some time as some passengers were trapped under parts of the bus, including the tires.
The four deceased passengers are Wawan Kustanto, a 29-year old resident of neighboring Klaten regency; 30-year old Santosa Subana from Serang, Banten; Setyo Prihatin, a 37-year old resident of Tangerang, Banten; and 40-year old Suratmi from Tomang, West Jakarta. (ipa)
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