28 killed as bus plunges into ravine in Indonesia
PALEMBANG, Indonesia — A bus plunged into a ravine on Indonesia’s Sumatra island after its brakes apparently malfunctioned, killing at least 28 people and injuring 13 others, police and rescuers said Tuesday.
The accident occurred just before midnight Monday on a winding road in South Sumatra province’s Pagaralam district.
One of the injured was in critical condition, local police chief Dolly Gumara said.
Gumara said the bus plunged into a 262-footdeep ravine and crashed into a fast-flowing river after the driver lost control of the vehicle in an area with a number of sharp declines.
Survivors told authorities that the vehicle’s brakes apparently malfunctioned, but police were still investigating the cause of the accident, Gumara said.