At least 27 folks have died and greater than a dozen have been injured after a bus plunged right into a ravine in Indonesia, officers mentioned Tuesday.
The bus careered right into a 150-metre (500-foot) ravine in South Sumatra province simply earlier than midnight (1600 GMT) on Monday and ended up in a river, in response to police.
Head of the native search and rescue staff Berty Kowaas mentioned divers have been looking out close to the bus, which was half submerged.
Rescuers have been additionally scouring close by slopes for the lacking.
“The current in the river is quite strong so there’s a possibility some victims were carried away,” Kowaas instructed Kompas TV Tuesday.
The accident occurred in a distant and steep space close to the city of Pagar Alam, hampering search efforts.
Footage shared by the rescue staff confirmed our bodies being retrieved out of the river and positioned on stretchers.
Local police chief Dolly Gumara earlier mentioned the bus was carrying extra folks than initially believed and a number of other passengers may nonetheless be lacking. No different car was concerned within the accident, she added.
According to a passenger manifest, the regional bus left Bengkulu province for Pagar Alam with 27 on board however some survivors instructed police there have been round 50 folks inside when the accident occurred.
“Some passengers were probably added along the way so there’s a possibility some more people are still missing in the river,” Gumara mentioned, including the trigger was being investigated.
Injured survivors have been taken to hospital for remedy and the reason for the accident is being investigated.
Traffic accidents are widespread within the Southeast Asian archipelago, the place autos are sometimes previous and poorly maintained and highway guidelines recurrently flouted.
In September, not less than 21 folks died when a bus plunged right into a ravine in West Java’s Sukabumi area.
Several months earlier, 12 folks have been killed and dozens extra injured when a passenger tried to wrest management of a bus steering wheel following an argument with the motive force on the identical toll highway in West Java as Thursday’s accident. The bus smashed into two automobiles, inflicting a truck to roll.