Out of control truck kills 16

Last updated 18:05 23/02/2013

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Police say a container truck has slammed into several vehicles in central Indonesia, leaving 16 dead and injuring several others.

Police spokesman Colonel Martinus Sitompul said the accident today was in Sukabumi, a hilly town in West Java province.

He said the truck driver appeared to have lost control when his brakes failed, and hit a minivan and dozens of motorcycles near a factory before crossing the road and hitting a number of cars before slamming into several houses.

At least 16 bodies were recovered and more than 10 injured people were taken to a nearby hospital. Most of the victims are factory workers who were on their way to work by motorcycle.

Safety standards on Indonesian roads are poor and hundreds of people die in accidents every year.

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