Many pilgrims, including children, were killed in a bus accident in Indonesia. A tourist bus carrying schoolchildren and their parents crashed in Indonesia on Wednesday night leaving at least 27 people dead. The passengers were students, teachers and parents from an Islamic junior high school from the town of Subang who were returning from a pilgrimage. The bus plunged into a 20-meter (65-foot) ravine landing on its side, in Sumedang in West Java province after the driver lost control. A young boy was pinned under the overturned bus and pulled from the wreckage on Thursday morning. Survivors said that the breaks on the bus had malfunctioned.
Television video showed police and rescuers from the National Search and Rescue Agency (BASARNAS) evacuating injured victims and carrying the dead to ambulances. The driver was among those killed in the accident. Thirteen of the survivors were being treated for serious injuries. Relatives of the passengers waited in Sumedang’s general hospital. Police were investigating the cause of the accident. The ministry said there were initial indications that the vehicle’s road worthiness tests were not up to date.Traffic accidents are a common occurrence in Indonesia because of poor safety standards and infrastructure.