The Jakarta Post
A baby has survived an accident that left four people dead after a truck carrying a load of soil fell on its side, crushing a multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) on Thursday at 5.30 a.m. on Jl Imam Bonjol in Cibodas, Tangerang, Banten.
Kamis (1/8) kecelakaan truk tanah menimpa mobil di Jalan Imam Bonjol (dekat Hotel Olive) Karawaci, Kota Tangerang pada pagi hari tadi. 1 balita yang berada di dalam mobil dilaporkan selamat, sedangkan 4 orang yang berada dalam mobil meninggal dunia dalam peristiwa ini. - via @baby.babyboyboy @andiyuliana_yusuf #jktinfo
According to Tangerang Police traffic division head Adj. Comr. Isa Anshori, the truck was traveling from Pinangsia to Tangerang.
“When the MPV got closer to the truck, the truck suddenly tipped on its side, crushing the MPV. It is believed that the truck driver was drowsy,” he said as quoted by kompas.com.
The four adults inside the MPV were killed, while a 1-year-old toddler suffered injuries. The victims’ bodies were taken to Tangerang General Hospital.
According to eyewitnesses, the baby’s mother, identified as Fatmawati, was in the backseat of the vehicle and protected the baby with her body.
She even begged witnesses to safe her baby, they said.
“The mother was still alive and repeatedly begged us to take her baby,” said eyewitness Ade.
Witnesses successfully rescued the baby through a car window.
Meanwhile, the truck driver initially attempted to flee the scene to avoid an angry mob, but he eventually surrendered is currently undergoing questioning at the Tangerang Police station.(iwa)
Editor's note: This article has been updated and changed the age of the child, as well as with additional info regarding the accident.