The Jakarta Post
Local authorities announced that they have identified the victims in a four-vehicle accident in Hancock County, Mississippi, the US, on Monday night.
Hancock County coroner Jim Faulk said the victims were all Indonesian nationals, identified as Uken Bremani, 29, the driver; Yayan Royani, 37, both males and Sri Dewi Mursi Alumni, 48, female.
The hospitalized survivors were identified as Ronas Ilham, 44, and Triatmojo, 48.
Faulk said the Indonesian consulate in Houston had worked on contacting the families of the victims, adding that he received information that all next of kin had been notified.
Faulk was quoted by local news The Sun Herald as saying that the five people were all in the country working in the food service industry. One, he said, worked on a cruise ship.
The driver, Uken, had a Washington state driver's license, Faulk said.
Triatmojo, one of the survivors, was released from the hospital on Thursday.
An officer at Indonesia’s consulate general in Houston, Kalista Siregar, said the ill-fated Indonesians were on vacation to Louisiana when the accident occurred.
Kalista cited eyewitnesses as saying that the highway lanes narrowed to one lane due to construction work.
“An 18-wheeler truck came to a stop in front of their car, forcing them to suddenly slow down. However, before the car stopped completely, another 18-wheeler truck came from behind at high speed and rammed into the sedan as the truck driver was unaware of the narrowing lane,” Kalista was quoted as saying by tempo.co.
The sedan was completely crushed due to the impact that involved four vehicles.
Kalista said Ronas Ilham remained unconscious due to head trauma when she visited him.
“Doctors said his condition remained critical,” Kalista said.
Currently, the Indonesian consulate general were preparing the necessary documents to arrange the release of victim's bodies from the morgue, which would likely take at least a week, Kalista said. (dmr)
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