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51 burned to death as bus rams into truck in Situbondo SURABAYA - At least 51 people, including 48 students of a senior high school in Sleman regency, Yogyakarta, were killed as their bus collided with a trailer truck and a minivan on Wednesday night in Situbondo regency, East Java. The grisly traffic accident took place at around 8 p.m. in the area of Banyu Glugur that borders Situbondo and the neighboring regency of Probolinggo, near the Paiton geothermal power plant.
Police in Banyu Glugur subdistrict said most of the victims burned to death inside the ill-fated bus YPO Transport that was traveling from the resort island of Bali to Yogyakarta. "The bus was heading home from Denpasar," a police officer who declined to be named told The Jakarta Post hours after the fatal accident. The driver of the bus, named as Armando, and his assistant, Budi, reportedly survived the crash. However, they were severely injured.
Budi is being treated at the Situbondo hospital for sustaining serious burn wounds. However, he was still able to speak. The police said they were evacuating the bodies from thewreckage of the bus to nearby hospitals. The exact number of the injured in the accident was not immediately clear. Private Elshinta radio reported that the crash occurred as the bus rammed into the trailer truck that failed to climb a steep road.
At the same time, a minivan loaded with vegetables also hit the bus from behind, it said, quoting local residents. The dead victims were mostly female students of the Yappenda Merba senior high school in Sleman. They left Yogyakarta on Sunday for a study tour in Bali. The crash was the worst to take place in Indonesia this year.
On June 6, 10 people burned to death, four others suffered serious injuries while two others suffered minor injuries when a Langsung Jaya bus burst into flames in Brebes, Central Java. The bus, carrying about 40 passengers from Cimone bus terminal in Tangerang, Banten, heading to Surakarta, Central Java, caught fire when passing Jl. Diponegoro in front of the Brebes regent office.



Posted in Accidents @ 09 October 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






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