14 killed in tragic bus crash as unlicensed driver was high on crystal meth

A bus driver who was high on crystal meth crashed his vehicle, tragically leading to the deaths of 14 people.

Police in East Java, Indonesia, also said that the bus driver did not have a license.

The bus was carrying 34 people down the Surabaya-Mojokerto Toll Road when it collided with an electronic traffic sign on Monday (May 16).

Harrowing videos from the scene showed medical crews dragging in the injured and dead from the bus, with the injured then rushed to a local hospital in Mojokerto.

There were no brake marks on the road anywhere near to where the wreckage was found.

East Java Police’s preliminary investigation suggested that the high bus driver was the primary cause of the deadly crash, according to Coconuts.

The bus, operated by tour company PO Ardiansyah, was travelling back to Mojokerto after excursions to Wonosobo and Yogyakarta.

East Java Police Traffic Director Latief Usman told reporters yesterday: "When we looked into the driver, there was indication that he used crystal meth. We are taking a blood sample to confirm the result of a urine test on the driver."

Police are yet to officially press charges but are continuing to gather evidence.

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They also said that the driver was actually a substitute who had apparently got behind the wheel after the bus pulled over at a rest area.

He had been driving high for 17km before smashing into the traffic sign.

Tour company PO Ardiansyah is also being investigated by the cops and could face criminal charges regarding neglect if it transpires that its bus drivers are unqualified for the job.

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