Yuli Tri Suwarni and Novan Iman Santosa, The Jakarta Post, Bandung/Jakarta | Sat, 02/11/2012 10:08 AM
The Kurnia Bhakti bus was reportedly standing in an almost vertical condition, that pushed down the bodies, adding difficulties to rescue workers’ efforts who had to work with limited lighting.
“At least 14 people were killed [as of 10 p.m.] while 40 others were injured,” said Jasa Raharga Bogor office head, Yahya Zulami, late Friday, as quoted.
He added that 11 of the victims had been identified.
“The evacuation process is still on going while traffic policemen are working to keep the traffic flowing past the accident site,” Second Adj. Insp. Jaelani from the Cisarua Police said.
“The accident happened on a downhill section of the highway while rain was drizzling,” he added.
The accident involved a Kurnia Bhakti bus from Garut, West Java, heading to Jakarta. The bus’s brakes were believed to be damaged.
The accident took place near the Safari Garden Hotel.
West Java Police chief spokesman Sr. Comr. Martinus Sitompul said the accident took place at about 6:30 p.m. at Cisarua’s Pasar Atas, which is usually congested.
“The accident involved 2 buses and 12 other vehicles,” he said in an SMS sent to The Jakarta Post.
The bus also apparently smashed into a number of motorcycles,
“The bus was coming from Puncak to Jakarta and hit four vehicles in front of it due to broken brakes,” he said. “The bus then swerved to the right side of the highway hitting a Doa Ibu bus and a public minivan that came from the opposite direction.”
The bus plunged into a ravine after smashing into a small meatball kiosk, killing the seller, and a villa.
Other vehicles reportedly impacted in the accident included a Toyota Kijang minivan, a Toyota Avanza minivan, a Suzuki APV minivan, a Nissan Grand Livina minivan and two Colt pick-up trucks.
The highway leading to Puncak is known for its hilly and narrow road popular for sightseers and holiday makers from Jakarta and Bandung.
The area is usually congested during weekends and holidays.