POLICE in the Brebes regency in the northwest of Central Java have confirmed that as many as 18 people died during a “horror” traffic jam that lasted over 20 hours on Tuesday
Brebes chief medical officer Sri Gunadi Parwoko said that 12 of the victims died from fatigue, while five died during an accident at a road crossing, and another of undisclosed reasons.
According to Lensa Indonesia, some of those who died from fatigue had congenital diseases made worse from the stress and heat of being stuck in the traffic.
Sri also said that it was difficult to reach those who were suffering, as ambulances and motorbikes were impeded by the slow-moving vehicles and could not locate the victims in time.
Many, if not all, of those travelling yesterday were attempting to reach their hometowns in time to celebrate Eid, which marks the end of Ramadan.
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