Bus crash kills 3 Dutch in Indonesia

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A tour bus crashed into a cliff on Indonesia's Java island, killing three Dutch and one Indonesian national, and injuring a dozen others, police said Saturday.

"The brakes on the bus failed when it was going down a steep road and it ran right into a cliff near a farm," Aiptu Nasib, head of the local police post, told AFP.

"Most of the 12 injured victims are also Dutch. The bus was full of mostly Dutch tourists and one Belgian."

The crashed bus had a capacity of 10 but was carrying 17 people Friday as it travelled north from West Java's provincial capital Bandung to Ciater, a recreational mountainous area with hot springs.

"All victims have been taken to the Santosa hospital in Bandung. The bodies of the deceased are in another Bandung hospital and officials will organise repatriation of their remains," Nasib said.

Indonesia has a poor road safety record with drivers frequently flouting the law.

A horrific smash between a similar overloaded minibus and regular public bus killed 19 people, including a seven-year-old, in eastern Java last month.

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