At least 15 people were killed and 16 injured in Indonesia when a bus carrying tourists flipped after hitting a billboard on a highway, authorities announced on Monday.
Local police revealed that the bus driver was likely drowsy when the accident took place on Indonesia’s main island of Java, adding that the injured were taken to a local hospital in the town of Mojokerto where they received treatment.
Footages from the accident scene showed police and rescue teams, including medical personnel helping remove people from the battered bus.
Media outlets reported that the bus was carrying 31 Indonesian passengers at the time of the accident.
Authorities said the bus hit a pole and then rolled over the toll road connecting Mojokerto to Surabaya, the capital of East Java province. The vehicle crashed just 400m before the highway exit.
A local administrative official, Ridwan Mubarun, told Indonesian television station Metro TV that the victims were from Benowo, a village near Surabaya, and were returning home after a long weekend at Dieng Plateau.
Mojokerto police chief Rofiq Ripto Himawan told reporters that police are investigating the cause of the accident.
“This accident was caused by human error, the driver was exhausted or tired,” Metro TV quoted a spokesman for the East Java police as saying.