Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Indonesia: Seven Killed, Including Five Chinese Tourists, When Bus Loses Power, Slides into Ravine

According to The Associated Press, a tour bus plunged into a deep ravine (15 meters or 50 feet) after the vehicle lost power while going uphill and then sliding backwards earlier today (November 19).

Those killed included the driver, a tour guide and five Chinese tourists.

Eight people survived the accident, which occurred on a winding slope near the Pecatu resort area in southern Bali, traffic police chief Col. Beno Louhenapessy reported.

COMMENT: First responders used ropes and cranes to reach the bus, which was carrying thirteen Chinese tourists.

Eight Chinese tourists were also injured, some seriously, and hospitalized. 

As I have said so often in the past, tour bus accidents in developing nations are a frequent occurrence, very often because of driver fatigue, deficient road conditions, the poor maintenance of vehicles and sparse traffic regulation enforcement.

All travelers, particularly those traveling in developing countries, are urged to subscribe to international medical treatment and evacuation coverage in the event they are injured or become ill, as many medical providers in such countries require payment in advance before treatment is administered. Such coverage generally runs US$8-11 per day.

It should also be noted that medical evacuation from a developing country can easily run upwards of US$100,000, which renders insurance coverage mandatory.