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Published on : Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Engine failure amid a narrow and perfidious road caused a catastrophic road accident as a minibus transporting 13 Chinese tourists plunged into a 15-meter-deep gorge on Monday. Seven people including five Chinese tourists, the driver and tour guide were killed in the accident at Jl. Pantai Suluban, Pecatu in South Kuta. The accident took place on Monday afternoon at around 2:45 p.m. local time.
According to the local authorities the number of fatalities is feared to rise since several passengers were still receiving intensive care in local hospitals. Severely injured passengers were rushed to Kasih Ibu Hospital in Kedonganan; Bali International Medical Center (BIMC) in Nusa Dua; Surya Husada Hospital in Siligita; and Sanglah General Hospital in Denpasar.
The police and hospitals have yet to release the identities of the victims. There was also contradictory information about the nationalities of the victims, with the police identifying them as Chinese, while the local chapter of the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) stated they were Taiwanese. The driver is believed to be an Indonesian national.
The locals along with the emergency crew from the Denpasar National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) scrambled to the accident site and had to navigate the difficult terrain to evacuate the victims. It took them three hours to complete the task.