The Jakarta Post
A multiple-vehicle collision on Sunday afternoon on the Cipali toll road section in Majalengka, West Java, has killed four people and injured eleven others.
The accident, involving a bus, a minibus and a truck, took place at 2:30 p.m. at Kilometer 150 on the toll road, Cipali police unit officer Second Insp. Dasep Rahwan said.
“Four people died in the incident,” he said on Sunday as reported by tribunnews.com.
“It happened on the straight asphalt road and the weather was sunny,” he said.
The general manager of the Cipali toll road management unit, Suyitno, explained that the incident began with the bus heading from Cikopo to Palimanan at high speed. The bus driver named Juli, 63, reportedly lost control of the vehicle and hit the truck driven by Suprapto, 35, from behind.
The bus overturned, and a minibus that was crossing the lane, driven by Risky, 23, hit the fallen bus.
Suyitno added that the four people killed – the bus driver Juli and three bus passengers, Sumiati, Kesih and Widia, all residents of Majalengka – had been rushed to the Arjawinangun hospital in Cirebon, West Java.
“Meanwhile those injured were immediately taken to the Plumbon Hospital [in Indramayu, West Java],” he added, explaining that five people had suffered severe injuries and six others, including two children, had sustained minor injuries.
Majalengka Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Bismo Teguh Prakoso said the families of the deceased and injured victims would receive compensation from state-owned insurance company PT. Jasa Raharja.
“We will investigate the cause of the accident. Nevertheless, the company will give Rp 50 million [US$3,388] in compensation to each family of the four dead victims and Rp 20 million for each of ten injured victims,” he said as quoted by kompas.com.
The West Java Police’s traffic division reported that a total of 3,250 people had died last year in 7,217 traffic accidents in the province, with many of the collisions taking place on toll roads. The majority of the traffic accidents were caused by human error due to fatigue or sleepiness while driving. (trn)