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The roundabout that 'eats' cars JAKARTA - Don't be scared, it's less mysterious than it sounds. For those that know Jakarta a little bit, Bunderan HI, the roundabout in front of Hotel Indonesia, will most likely ring a bell. The roundabout has a pond with a statue that is known as Tugu Selamat Datang, built by then president Soekarno in preparation of the 4th Asian Games in 1962.

For those that know Jakarta a little bit better, they know that this roundabout is located along a very busy north-south road through the heart of Jakarta. This road is not always very crowded and full of cars of course. Every second Sunday there is a car-free day, with this roundabout square in the middle. No cars then, but cyclists, joggers and kids playing soccer.


Bunderan HI, the roundabout near Hotel Indonesia, Jakarta.

The roundabout and the roads leading to it however, are also fairly quiet during the nightly and early morning hours. Which means that the road can also be used for high speeds, other cocky behavious and just plain stupidity. This has as result that you can frequently find a car inside the pool, possibly trying to take off just before, which obviously failed.

This morning, around sunrise, an accident took place again. This time it was a BMW with license plate B 291 LJ that found the way - haha - to the pond around the monument. To end up in there, you need to be a pretty good driver as the edge of the pool is about half a meter high nowadays.


This BMW took a dive and ended up in the pool around the monument on Bunderan HI, Jakarta.

Unfortunately this BMW went down, but no one was killed. The driver was able to get out on time, but the car is a total loss, mainly because of the high edge of the pool that the car had to jump first. The damage to the front of the car can not be seen at this picture.

Earlier this year at least two other cars made the dive into the pond during the nightly hours. Sometimes under the influence of alcohol or drugs, but being cocky also helps you get your car in the pond here as well.

In recent years the Jakarta city council has made changes to the area to ensure public safety around Bunderan HI. The edge of the pond has been heightened - even though it's the question whether this was a smart move or not. Reflecting signs have been installed - and most likely been stolen by now. Going straight at this roundabout is only possible when you can fly a car or with a little bit of guna-guna of course.


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Posted in Accidents @ 24 August 2013 04:41 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






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