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Indonesia: 25 killed when a bus fell through a gorge

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Twenty-five people died after a group of passengers woke up through a gorge on the Indonesian island of Sumatra after an apparent brake failure, police said on Tuesday.

At least 14 other people were hospitalized with injuries following the accident, including one in critical condition from broken bones, local police chief Dolly Gumara said. The accident occurred just before midnight on Monday in a steep area of Pagaralam district in South Sumatra province.

The vehicle fell through a ravine of 80 meters (262 feet) to a fast-moving river, after the driver lost control in an area with changes in inclination, Gumara said.

The bus was heading to Palembang, the capital of the province, from the nearby city of Bengkulu.

Rescuers were still searching for other passengers who may have been swept away by the current. The bus had the capacity of 52 passengers, but it was unclear how many people were on board. Among the deceased were the driver and two employees of the company.

Television footage showed police and rescuers from the National Search and Rescue Agency evacuating the injured and transporting the deceased in orange bags.

Traffic accidents are common in Indonesia due to poor infrastructure and safety standards.

At the beginning of last year, 27 people died when a bus full of tourists fell from a hill in the province of East Java. Two months later, at least 15 people died in two accidents in the tourist hillside area of ​​East Java. In September last year, 21 people died after a tourist bus broke up in Bogor, another mountain area in East Java.

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