Six people are dead and dozens are injured, at least one critically, after a speeding truck loaded with limestone went out of control and crashed on the steep grade on Jl Raya Uluwatu near the Garuda Wisnu Kencana cultural park, at Bukit Jimbaran, on Wednesday.
Nine shops, two other trucks and two cars parked outside foodstalls were also destroyed in the horrific smash, which happened about 1pm during peak early afternoon school traffic hours.
The driver of one of the trucks, which was delivering ice, was killed. Two of the dead were high-school students whose motorbike was hit by another vehicle in the chaos immediately after the smash.
Police said the limestone truck driver lost control of the truck, which had been travelling northbound, down the hill. Investigators believe its brakes were inoperative.
One of the motorbikes hit in the high-speed accident was crushed underneath the truck and it and its rider dragged 50 metres in the mangled chassis. They were still trapped under the wreck hours later.
The truck driver is unaccounted for. Police believe he may have been killed in the accident.