28 killed as bus plunges into ravine in In­done­sia

Orlando Sentinel - - WALL STREET REPORT -

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.

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