KARAWANG, KOMPAS.com – Indonesia’s checkered road safety record has been highlighted once again, after a bus went off a cliff in West Java province’s Sumedang regency on Wednesday The disaster killed 23 people and injured dozens of others.
The Health Services head in Subang, Maxi, said there were 63 people on board the bus when it went down a five meter drop at a ravine in the Tanjakan Cae area near the village of Sukajadi in Sumedang regency around 6.30 pm.
“The passengers included 55 adults, five students from the IT Al Muaawanah Junior High School, the driver, as well as his assistant,” Maxi asserted to Kompas.com. He added that 20 ambulances were brought to evacuate the dead and wounded.
“As for the fatalities, 19 of them died on the spot, while the rest died in Sumedang Hospital and a nearby clinic. Another 18 persons sustained serious injuries.”
Sumedang regent Dony Ahmad Munir noted that six people remained trapped in the bus.
“A crane needed to be brought in to get [the six] people out because of the steepness of the cliff. A search and rescue team from Basarnas [National Search and Rescue Agency] is also on standby to rescue those trapped in the bus,” he said in a live interview with KompasTV.
He also ordered aid posts be built to help other survivors and take inquiries from the loved ones of the casualties.
Sumedang Police Department spokesman Police Commissioner Attendant Dedi Juhana reiterated Dony. “The passengers of the bus were returning from a field trip to the Pamijahan area in Tasikmalaya regency,” he said. They were returning via Sumedang’s Wado district.”