14 killed as Indonesian tourist bus crashes into billboard

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Rescuers inspect the wreckage of a tourist bus that crashed into a street sign on a highway in Mojokerto, East Java, Indonesia Monday, May 16, 2022. The accident killed and injured a number of people. (AP Photo/Misti Prihatini).
Rescuers inspect the wreckage of a tourist bus that crashed into a street sign on a highway in Mojokerto, East Java, Indonesia Monday, May 16, 2022. The accident killed and injured a number of people. (AP Photo/Misti Prihatini).

A tourist bus with an apparently drowsy driver has crashed into a billboard on a motorway on Indonesia's main island of Java, killing at least 14 people and injuring 19 others, police said.

The bus, carrying Indonesian tourists from Surabaya, the capital of East Java province, was returning from a trip to Central Java's Dieng Plateau, a popular mountain resort, when it hit the billboard on the Mojokerto toll road just after dawn, East Java traffic police chief Latief Usman said.

Television news showed police and medical personnel removing victims from the bus, which crashed just 400 metres before the motorway exit.

Mr Usman said police are still investigating the cause of the accident, but that the driver reportedly appeared drowsy before the crash.

He said police have not yet questioned the driver, who suffered severe injuries.

Nineteen people were being treated in four hospitals in Mojokerto, mostly for broken bones.

Road accidents are common in Indonesia because of poor safety standards and infrastructure.

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