Friday 23 February 2018

18 mourners killed in Java road crash

An overcrowded van with dozens of mourners has slammed into a truck on the main Indonesian island of Java, killing 18 people and injuring 14 others.

Police officer Captain Mustofa says the van was carrying a group of 29 mourners from East Java's Probolinggo town who were on their way to pay respects to a relative.

He said today the vehicle was moving uncontrollably and collided with a trailer truck. The occupants were thrown from the van and 15, including two children, died instantly. The others died in hospital.

Captain Mustofa, who like many Indonesians uses a single name, said the driver of the van was arrested for reckless driving.

Road accidents are common in Indonesia, where safety standards are poor.

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