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Bus plunges into ravine, 22 killed JAKARTA - An overloaded bus carrying kindergartners and their parents to the beach for a field trip plunged into a ravine near the East Java town of Jember on Tuesday, killing at least 22 people and injuring many others, police and doctors said. Most of the victims -- 10 children and 12 adults -- died instantly in the crash, which occurred at about 7:30 a.m. The 47-seat bus, part of the fleet of state-owned bus company Damri, was carrying more than 100 students from Jember's Theo Bromo Kebunrayap PTPN XII kindergarten and their parents. The group was traveling to Pasir Putih beach in the neighboring town of Situbondo in Besuki regency.
Besuki Police chief Sr. Comr. Untung Suharsono Rajab was quoted by Antara as saying the bus should have been carrying no more than 47 passengers. He blamed the accident on "human error" on the part of the driver, who he said had been named a suspect in a criminal investigation. Untung said the driver, identified as Ramli -- a resident of Kaliwates in Jember -- would be questioned once he recovered from his injuries.
The bus reportedly skidded out of control along a mountain pass. It then hit the side of a bridge before plunging into the eight-meter-deep ravine. Police are investigating the cause of the accident. The chief of the Jember Police's traffic division, Adj. Comr. Sulistiyo, also blamed human error for the accident. Rusdianto, the head of Jember's road and traffic agency, was quoted as saying the winding road was not suitable for large buses.



Posted in Accidents @ 03 July 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






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