Thursday, 9 June 2016

Hell's Highway in Indonesia: the world's worst traffic jam... named BREXIT - 18 have died on same stretch of road

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has said on his facebook's fanpage, "This highway (toll road) will reduce traffic jams, shorten travel time and speed up the flow of goods, so that eventually the economy moving. For my brother who will be going home during Eid, a trip to the hometown will be faster through this highway." (June 16, 2016)

In fact, there was Hell's highway or 'Horror' traffic jam. Eighteen motorists and passengers die in three days after getting caught in gridlock at Indonesian junction... named BREXIT 

Eighteen people have died of heart attacks and heat exhaustion as they sat in a horror traffic jam at an Indonesian road junction known as Brexit.

Traffic snarled back for miles at the exit road at Brebes, in Central Java, from which it earned its local name of Brexit.

Trapped in cars and buses in scorching temperatures, passengers and drivers passed out and the death toll began to steadily rise with people reluctant to leave their vehicles as the line of traffic inched forward hour by hour.

But the death toll, which coincided with the start of the Eid al-Fitr religious holiday, has shocked health officials who have warned vulnerable people such as adults with heart problems and children not to undertake the journey until the congestion has eased.

These pictures show a hellish traffic jam that lasted up to 35 hours in Indonesia.

Road users travelling from Jakarta to Tegal in Java had to endure sweltering heat on the East Brebes toll road.

There were varying reports on how long it lasted, ranging from 20 to 35 hours. Some drivers claim the queues to pay the toll made the situation far worse.

Local media reported 13 people had died in the same day at the Brexit junction but the Indonesian Health Ministry said 15 people had died over three days.

Brebes chief medical officer Sri Gunadi Parwoko said that 18 people have died on the stretch of road in the past week.

A total of 12 of the victims died from fatigue, while five died during an accident at a road crossing, and another died in mysterious circumstances.



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