The Jakarta Post
Five people have died after a collision involving three trucks and several motorcycles on the Semarang-Bawen highway, Central Java, on Tuesday.
The pile up occurred on Jl.Raya Soekarno-Hatta in Harjosari village, Bawen district, Semarang regency, at around 2 p.m. local time.
Several other people were injured in the incident. The multiple-vehicle collision occurred when the driver of a container truck, traveling at high speeds on a downhill sloping road from Bawen to Semarang, lost control of the vehicle. The driver blew the horn repeatedly before the collision. It was suspected the truck’s brakes were faulty.
The container truck hit a box truck and several other vehicles in front of it before it started careening from the left to the right side of the road and then rolled. The truck also hit motorcycles, street vendor stalls and several buildings along the busy road.
“I saw the incident. I heard the truck’s horn blowing incessantly. Four people died at the site while several others were injured,” said Ahmadi, a witness.
One more victim died following the incident, bringing the total number of fatalities to five. All residents injured in the incident were taken to Ken Saras Hospital and are receiving medical treatment. The hospital’s spokesperson Elsih Listanti said the identities of the deceased victims remained unknown.
“So far, we have only learned the identities of two victims [both survivors]. They are Zamsinah, a resident of Merak Rejo, Bawen district, and Johan Wijaya, a resident of Tambakboyo, Ambarawa district,” Elsih said. (afr/ebf)