At least 27 dead after bus carrying school kids on trip plunges into ravine

A bus carrying school children and parents crashed into a ravine, killing 27 people.

The tragedy occurred on Wednesday evening on the Indonesian island of Java, said the country’s Ministry of Transport.

The search and rescue bureau said in a statement Thursday that the bus driver lost control shortly before the crash in an area near the city of Sumedang in West Java province.

The ministry said the bus was carrying junior high school students and some parents, and that 39 people survived.

Photos from the scene showed that the bus had landed on its side and rescue workers were trying to search for more victims.

Supriono, an official with the local search and rescue agency, said the later evacuation efforts had been completed and the survivors had been taken to a nearby hospital.

The exact cause of the accident was not immediately clear, although the ministry was giving initial indications that the vehicle’s traffic tests were not up to date.

According to local reports Police chief Eko Prasetyo Robbyanto said the bus was on its way back to Subang from a pilgrimage site in the Tasikmalaya district of the province.

The scene of the bus accident

Rescuers evacuating victims after bus crashed into a ravine in Sumedang's Wado subdistrict

It is said to have plunged into the 20 m deep gorge after the driver lost control of the vehicle on the winding road.

The head of the Bandung search and rescue agency, Deden Ridwansah, reportedly reported that the 27 bodies and 39 injured were taken to a hospital and a nearby health clinic.

Thirteen of the injured were treated for serious injuries, and the bus driver and teenage passengers were among the dead.

Previously, in December 2019, dozens of people died when a bus crashed into a 80 m deep gorge and crashed into a fast-flowing river on the island of Sumatra.

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