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11 killed in Indonesia accident as truck smashes into houses

At least 11 people died in Indonesia when a truck carrying sugar smashed into several motorcycles and houses on Sunday, an official said.

Handout picture released by Peruvian agency Andina showing rescuers, police and firefighters working at the scene after a bus plunged around 100 meters (330 feet) over a cliff after colliding with a truck on a coastal highway near Pasamayo, around 45 km north of Lima, and killing at least 25 people on January 2, 2018.
“At least 48 people are dead and around five are injured among those found so far,” the head of the police’s highway patrol division, Colonel Dino Escudero, said. The bus was travelling from Huacho, 130 km north of the capital, to Lima with 53 passengers on board. The spot where the accident occurred is known as the “devil’s curve.”
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The truck was heading downhill in the district of Brebes in Central Java province on its way to the capital Jakarta when it failed to brake, according to the local disaster agency.

It tried to stop by swerving left but instead hit a car, 13 motorbikes and seven houses.

“So far eleven people died and 11 others are wounded,” said agency official Sarwa Permana, adding that the injured have been taken to hospital.

The fate of the driver is unclear.

Transport accidents are not uncommon in the archipelago nation, where buses, trains and even planes are often old and badly maintained.

In February, at least 27 people died and 16 others were injured when a bus carrying domestic tourists crashed in West Java province.

In July last year 10 people including an Austrian tourist and a 12-year-old child died when a bus travelling from resort island Bali to the town of Malang in East Java hit the back of a fertilizer truck, killing the sleeping passengers


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