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26 killed in Indonesia as bus plunges into ravine
26 killed in Indonesia as bus plunges into ravine

Bangkok, Dec 24 (TIWN) At least 26 people were killed after a passenger bus plunged into a ravine in Indonesia's South Sumatra, police said on Tuesday.

Gumara said the bus plunged into a 80-meter (262-foot) -deep ravine and crashed into a fast-flowing river after the driver lost control of the vehicle in an area with a number of sharp inclines.  The bus was headed for the provincial capital of Palembang from the neighboring city of Bengkulu.  Gumara said rescuers were still searching for other passengers who might have been dragged by river currents. The capacity of the bus is 52 passengers, but the number of passengers on board was unclear. The driver and two crew members were among those killed.  Television footage showed police and rescuers from the National Search and Rescue Agency evacuating injured victims and carrying out those who were killed in orange body bags.


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