Indonesia tourist bus crash kills 14

Published : 16 May 2022 09:00 PM | Updated : 16 May 2022 09:00 PM

At least 14 people were killed and more than a dozen others injured when a bus carrying domestic tourists crashed into an advertising sign in Indonesia's East Java province early on  Monday, police said.

The bus -- which was carrying 31 passengers, the driver and a crew member -- hit the pole and then rolled over on a toll road connecting the town of  Mojokerto to the country's second city, Surabaya. 

The victims were from Benowo, a village near Surabaya, and were returning  home after a long weekend at popular holiday destination Dieng Plateau, about  400 kilometres away in Central Java, local official Ridwan Mubarun told  Indonesian television station Metro TV. 

"Fourteen people have died and 19 others sustained minor and serious  injuries," Mojo­kerto police chief Rofiq Ripto Himawan told reporters on Monday, adding that authorities were still investigating the cause of the accident. 

Earlier, a spokesman for the East Java police blamed the crash on driver error.