Indonesia bus crash: 27 dead after bus carrying school kids on trip plunges into ravine

A bus carrying school children and parents has plunged into a ravine, killing 27 people.

The tragedy happened on the Indonesian island of Java on Wednesday night, the country’s transportation ministry said.

The search and rescue agency said in a statement on Thursday that the driver of the bus lost control shortly before the crash in an area near the city of Sumedang in West Java province.

The ministry said the bus was carrying junior high school students and some parents and that 39 people had survived.

Photographs from the scene showed the bus had ended up on its side with rescue workers trying to search for more victims.

a traffic light is lit up at night: The scene of the bus crash© Via REUTERS The scene of the bus crash

Supriono, a local search and rescue agency official, said later evacuation efforts had been completed and survivors taken to a nearby hospital.

The exact cause of the crash was not immediately clear, though the ministry said there were initial indications that the vehicle’s road worthiness tests were not up to date.

According to local reports police chief Eko Prasetyo Robbyanto said the bus had been on its way back to Subang from a pilgrimage site in the province’s Tasikmalaya district.

It then reportedly plunged into the 20m deep ravine after the driver lost control of the vehicle on the windy road.

Bandung search and rescue agency chief Deden Ridwansah was reported to have said the 27 bodies and 39 injured people were taken to a hospital and a nearby health clinic.

Thirteen of the injured were treated for serious injuries and the bus driver, and teenage passengers, were among those killed.

Previously, in December 2019, dozens of people died when a bus fell into an 80m-deep ravine and crashed into a fast-flowing river on Sumatra island.


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