A bus plunged from a hill on Indonesia’s main island of Java leaving at least 27 passengers dead on Saturday.
Local police chief Muhammad Joni said that at least sixteen others were hospitalized with injuries, some in critical condition. The accident took place on a winding slope in Subang district of West Java province.
Joni said the engine of the bus apparently lost power while going up a hill and rolled backward and hit a motorbike before falling into a grass field.
The bus was then carrying more than 40 tourists headed for Tangerang, a satellite city just south of the capital, Jakarta, from West Java’s Tangkuban Perahu, a popular mountainous resort.
Television footage showed police, soldiers and medical personnel evacuating the victims from the bus which has been turned upside-down.
Road accidents are still common in Indonesia, the biggest and most populous Southeast Asian nation, attributed to poor safety standards and infrastructure.
The authorities have yet to release the identities of the victims, as well as their nationalities. It is not yet known if there are any foreign victims of the bus crash.