12 killed as bus plunges into ravine in Indonesia

December 20th, 2008 - 1:15 pm ICT by IANS  

Jakarta, Dec 20 (DPA) At least 12 people were killed and more than 20 injured after a bus carrying a marriage party plunged into a deep ravine in southern Indonesia, media reports said Saturday. The accident occurred Friday when the bus with 38 people on board was en route from Muaradua district of Lampung province to Manna of the adjacent Bengkulu province, the state-run Antara news agency reported.

The bus plunged into a 60-metre-deep ravine at Tebing Batu sub-district in the Bukit Barisan National Park, bordering the Lampung and Bengkulu provinces.

West Lampung district police chief Muhammad Muslim Siregar was quoted as saying that the accident was possibly caused by a failed brake system and the bus driver’s lack of experience in the area.

Seven people were killed on the spot while five others were succumbed to their injuries at a nearby hospital. More than 20 other passengers were injured, including the bride and groom, Siregar said.

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