Indonesia bus plunges into ravine, killing 20

At least twenty-one people were killed Saturday when a tourist bus plunged into a ravine on Indonesia’s main island of Java, officials said.

The accident happened around midday. The bus was carrying a group of employees from a private company from the West Java province town of Bogor to a tourist destination in West Java’s Sukabumi.

Nine other people on the bus were seriously injured, said a spokesman at Pelabuhanratu hospital, Taufik, who like many Indonesians, uses one name.

According to local police spokesman Trunoyudo Wisnu Andiko, the bus plunged into the 30-meter (98-foot) -deep ravine after the driver lost control of the vehicle in an area with a number of sharp inclines.

He said it was the last of four buses carrying employees of the PT Catur Putra Group who were reportedly on their way to a rafting location near Pelabuhanratu.

Road accidents common 

Traffic accidents are common in Indonesia due to poor safety standards and infrastructure.

Indonesia bus crash near Sukabumi (picture-alliance/AP Photo)

Rescuers search for survivors in Indonesian bus crash

The cause of the accident has not yet been determined.

In February, 27 people were killed when a packed tourist bus returning from an outing plunged from a hill in Subang in West Java province.

A couple of months later, two accidents in West Java’s hilly resort region of Puncak killed at least 15 people.

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