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18 mourners killed in Indonesia road collision

Last Updated: Sunday, December 29, 2013 - 17:07

Surabaya (Indonesia): Indonesian police say an overcrowded pickup van with dozens of mourners has slammed into a truck on the main island of Java, killing 18 people and injuring 14 others.

Police officer Capt. Mustofa says the pickup was carrying a group of 29 mourners from East Java`s Probolinggo town who were on their way to pay respects to their relative.

He said today the vehicle was moving uncontrollably and collided with a trailer truck.
The occupants were thrown from the pickup and 15, including two children, died instantly. The others died in the hospital.

Mustofa, who like many Indonesians uses a single name, said the driver of the pickup was arrested for reckless driving.

Road accidents are common in Indonesia, where safety standards are poor.

First Published: Sunday, December 29, 2013 - 17:07

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