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(INDONESIA) JUST IN: A bus carrying schoolchildren and some parents returning from an excursion plunged into a ravine on the island of Java on Wednesday night, killing around 27 people, the country’s transportation ministry says #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Mar.11: Indonesia’s search and rescue agency said the driver of the bus lost control on a winding road before it fell 20 metres down the hill in an area near the city of Sumedang in West Java province:

‘Indonesia bus carrying schoolchildren plunges into ravine, killing 27 according to the transportation ministry said the bus was carrying junior high school students and parents, and that 39 people had survived’

Posted 3h ago, updated 2h ago

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Rescue workers search for survivors and victims inside the wreckage of the bus.

Photographs from the scene showed the bus had ended up on its side with rescue workers trying to search for any more victims.

The exact cause of the crash was not immediately clear, though the ministry said there are initial indications that the vehicle’s road worthiness tests were not up to date.

Rescuers search for survivors and victims inside the wreckage of a bus
The bus plunged 20 metres down the ravine in an area near the city of Sumedang in West Java province.(AP: Via BASARNAS)

Survivors told authorities that the vehicle’s brakes may have also malfunctioned.

Officials said the 27 bodies and 39 injured people were taken to a hospital and a nearby health clinic, including a body of a young boy who was pinned under the overturned bus and pulled from the wreckage.

The driver was among those killed.

Television video showed police and rescuers from the National Search and Rescue Agency evacuating injured victims and carrying the dead to ambulances.

Grieving relatives waited for information about their loved ones at Sumedang’s general hospital while others tried to identify the bodies laid at a morgue.

Road accidents are common in Indonesia because of poor safety standards and infrastructure.

In December 2019, 35 people were killed when a passenger bus fell into an 80-metre-deep ravine and crashed into a fast-flowing river on Sumatra island.

In early 2018, 27 people were killed after a packed tourist bus plunged from a hill in West Java’s hilly area.

Reuters/AP

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Mar.11: 2021:

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