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Jakarta Post

Twelve killed in accident on Jakarta-Cirebon toll road

  • Arya Dipa

    The Jakarta Post

Bandung   /   Mon, June 17, 2019   /   11:20 am
Twelve killed in accident on Jakarta-Cirebon toll road Cars crowd the Palimanan toll road in West Java during the Idul Fitri holiday period in 2017. (Antara/Dedhez Anggara)

An accident involving multiple vehicles on the Cikampek-Palimanan toll road killed 12 people in the early hours of Monday.

The head of the traffic unit of Majalengka Police in West Java, Adj. Comr. Atik Suswanti, said another 11 people had been seriously injured and 32 others had sustained minor injuries.

“The bodies have been taken to Cideres Hospital in Majalengka and Mitra Plumbon Hospital in Cirebon,” said Atik.

The accidents involved four vehicles: A Safari bus with a Semarang registration, a Mitsubishi Xpander van and an Innova van registered in Greater Jakarta as well as a truck registered in Banyumas. The accidents happened on the lane heading to Jakarta from the east, near Kilometer 150 of the toll road.

Police suspect that the bus driver, who was moving on the lane heading away from Jakarta and may have been sleep-deprived, trespassed the road separator and thereby got onto the opposite lane. There is no concrete barrier at that section of the road, only a narrow green strip.

The bus reportedly first hit the Innova and then the Xpander and the truck, all of which were heading to Jakarta.

The death toll of this accident exceeds the total fatalities on the toll road during the recent Idul Fitri holiday period.

Earlier, the vice president of toll road operator PT Lintas Marga Sedaya, Firdaus Aziz, said there had been 43 accidents with two fatalities in the period of May 26 to June 8.

Editor's note: We have corrected the name of the bus involved in the accident to Safari. The bus company, Salatiga-based Royal Safari, is different from that operating the Safari Dharma Raya buses.