Six Die Including Foreign Tourists Following Bus Accident in Bali

DENPASAR ~

Six people, including four foreign tourists, were found dead near Pecatu area, Badung district, Bali, after the tourist bus in which they get into fall to a 20-meters deep of ravine here on Monday afternoon. Four tourists from China have died while another nine are being treated for injuries in several hospitals.

“The nine Chinese tourists are still being treated in hospitals. Most of them suffered head and body injuries,” said Chief of Jasa Raharja Bali Ketut Sudiasa here on Tuesday.

The accident killed the bus driver, Agus Bachtiar Usman (driver-male/36 years old), Priscilia Esther Budi Haryono (tourist guide-female/40).

The four tourists who also died in the accident were identified as Ding Guo Zeng (male/ 52 years old), Qin Ping Tao (male/56), Jin Li Tao (male/55), Baosheng Liu (male/55).

After visiting the Suluban Beach in Pecatu on Monday afternoon, the 13 Chinese tourists had boarded the bus to go to the Uluwatu Temple. The bus, however, experienced an engine failure while climbing and slipped backward, as it ran out of control. The bus had crashed into the roadblock and finally plunged into the ravine at around 3:00 p.m. local time.

Ketut said Jasa Raharja Insurance will provide monetary compensation of RP25 million to the families of those who died in the accident.

The organization has presented the compensation figure to the Chinese Embassy in Jakarta.

“Jasa Raharja Insurance will give RP150 million to the heirs of the deceased. We have also presented the compensation figure to the Chinese Embassy in Jakarta,” Ketut added.

This accident  makes Governor of Bali Made Mangku Pastika to tighten oversight of tourist transportation in Bali.

Pastika directly instructed the Head of the Bali Provincial Transport Department to conduct strict inspection about the feasibility of tourist transport in Bali.

“I’ve instructed the Head of the Bali Provincial Transport Department to form a team and inspect the feasibility of tourist transport around Bali,” he said in Denpasar, on Tuesday.

If found indications of improper tourist transport, then the Department of Transportation should not hesitate to take firm action.

According to Pastika, the driver should further enhance their skill in driving. Services should be improved.

This condition should also be taken seriously by tourism employers throughout Bali.

“If there is a vehicle that is not worth running, especially if it will cross paths that is a little dangerous it should be replaced or repaired beforehand,” he said.

Service of vehicles for tourist tour should be further improved. It is also in order to maintain the image of Bali tourism in the eyes of the international world. When tourists died just because of traffic accidents that never should have happened then this would be greatly tarnished Bali tourism.

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