Six die in Madiun bus crash hours into the new year

Madiun, East Java (The Jakarta Post/ANN) - At least six people died and several others were injured in a collision between a Sumber Kencono bus and a motorbike in Madiun, East Java, on early Sunday morning, police said.

"Six people died at the scene, while the number of injured is still unknown. They have all been taken to the Caruban Hospital in Madiun," Madiun Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Nanang Juni Mawanto said Sunday as quoted kompas.com.

He said preliminary investigations had found that the bus was running in sixth gear, indicating that the crash was caused by the speeding bus.

"We have not questioned the [bus] driver because he is still injured. The same goes for the motorcyclist," he said.

One bus passenger who survived the crash, Pardi, said the bus was speeding and suspected that the bus driver was attempting to overtake another Sumber Kencono bus.

"The bus was going so fast and seemed to be trying to overtake another Sumber Kencono bus driving just one car away. And then the bus [I was in] tried to overtake the vehicle in front of it when a motorbike was coming from the opposite direction," he said.

The accident caused heavy congestion on the Madiun-Surabaya main road with the bus wreckage blocking the carriageway.

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