Dozen killed in Indonesia bus crash after passenger argument

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Twelve people were killed and dozens more injured in an Indonesian traffic accident Monday after a passenger tried to wrest control of a bus steering wheel following an argument with the driver, police said.

The accident happened at around 1:00 am Monday (1800 GMT Sunday) when the coach swerved into oncoming traffic on a toll road in West Java, smashing into two cars and causing a truck to roll.

Some 43 people were injured in the multi-vehicle accident and rushed to the hospital, police said.

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“In the middle of the journey, a passenger attempted to forcibly take control of the steering wheel… and the bus then lost control,” Atik Suswanti, the head of the Majalengka police traffic unit, told AFP.

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The bus driver was killed, according to authorities, while the 29-year-old passenger was severely injured.

Traffic accidents are common in the Southeast Asian archipelago, where vehicles are often old and poorly maintained and road rules regularly flouted.

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In September, at least 21 people died when a bus plunged into a ravine in West Java’s Sukabumi region.

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(AFP)

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