The Jakarta Post
A traffic accident involving two cars on the Cikampek-Palimanan toll road in West Java killed five people and injured three others on Friday evening.
Majalengka Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Mariyono, said the accident happened at around 11 p.m. on Friday when a Grand Max van, driven by a driver named Karim, lost control and swerved onto the wrong side of the road.
Karim was driving from Cirebon en route to Jakarta when the incident took place.
At the same time an APV van, driven by Sunarto, was heading from Jakarta to Cirebon when it collided with the van coming from the opposite direction. Sunarto and all passengers in his van were killed in the crash.
“The driver and the passengers in the APV van were all killed. The Grand Max was rolled upside down. Both cars were on fire after the crash because the fuel leaked,” Mariyono told The Jakarta Post on Saturday.
The injured victims were evacuated to Plumbon hospital in Indramayu, West Java for immediate treatment.
Mariyono said he had sent a letter asking the toll road operator PT Lintas Marga Sedaya to build concrete safety barriers that would separate opposing lanes of traffic on the toll road to prevent such accidents.
“Currently they have a green lane between the opposing lanes but we asked them to change it to a concrete barrier to prevent deadly accidents from happening,” he added.
During the Idul Fitri exodus in June, 43 traffic accidents took place on the Cikampek-Palimanan toll road, killing two people, PT Lintas Marga Sedaya vice president Firdaus Aziz said. (hol)