Indonesian Tour Bus Falls into Ravine, 27 Dead, 39 Injured

A tourist bus has fallen into a 20-meter deep ravine on Indonesia’s main island of Java after the driver lost control, causing  27 deaths, including the driver, and injuring 39 other passengers.

Local police chief Eko Prasetyo Robbyanto said that the bus was on its way to a pilgrimage site in the province’s Tasikmalaya district when the accident happened on Wednesday, carrying a group of Islamic junior high school students and their parents from the West Java province town of Subang. 

Robbyanto also said that they are still investigating the cause of the accident, however, the survivors said the brakes malfunctioned.

Bandung search and rescue agency chief Deden Ridwansah said that the dead bodies and injured people were rushed to a nearby health clinic.

Ridwansah added that 13 people were treated for serious injuries while rescuers are still finding a victim trapped inside the overturned bus.

In December 2019, 35 people were killed when a passenger bus fell into an 80-meter deep ravine and crashed into a fast-flowing river on Sumatra island. 

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