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Jakarta Post

Truck crash in Papua kills 10, including nine children

  • Nethy Dharma Somba

    The Jakarta Post

Jayapura, Papua   /   Wed, May 3, 2017   /   10:14 pm
Truck crash in Papua kills 10, including nine children Traditional houses in Baliem Valley, Wamena, Papua. (Shutterstock/-)

As many as 10 people were killed when the truck carrying them overturned in a crash in Dogiyai regency, Papua, on Tuesday.

The truck, which was heavily loaded with sand, was carrying a total of 24 people. They had departed from Kumipugi village and were en route to Egebutu village.

However, the seemingly overloaded truck failed to climb a hill and it began to roll backwards.

Most of the people who were riding in the back of the truck's tailgate were students aged 8 to 13. Nine of the students were killed, as was the driver, M. Ansori, 30. As many as 14 others were injured.

(Read also: Fatal collisions raise safety concerns)

Papua Police spokesman Sr. Comr. AM Kamal said the truck was later burned by villagers because they were upset that it killed the 10 people.

“All of the dead victims were buried yesterday and the police have investigated the accident,” Kamal told The Jakarta Post in Jayapura on Wednesday.

Kamal said he hoped it would be a lesson for truck drivers to consider their loads before giving people rides. (hol/bbs)