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Terrified on the Terraces

Frighten Tourists Leap from a Driverless Bus Headed into Baliís Jatiluwih Rice Terraces

(4/16/2017) A tourist bus hung precariously on a ledge in the World Heritage Site Rice Terrace region of Jatiluwih when it left the main road on Monday. April 10, 2017.

The bus carrying 15 European passengers was driven by Saroso (53).

NusaBali reports that the bus had parked on the road near The Gong Restaurant to permit passengers a photo opportunity of the famous rice terraces. All the passengers had disembarked the bus when 3 passengers decided to return to the parked bus with its engine still running.

The bus suddenly began to move forward without the driver at the wheel and lurched over the 1.5-meter embankment of a nearby rice field.

Terrified to be on a hillside in a driverless bus that was moving, the three tourists jumped from the moving bus.

Fortunately, no injuries have been linked to the accident that required a toll truck to get the bus back on the road and caused limited damage to the exterior of the bus.

Police suspect the driver may have failed to properly set the parking brake on the vehicle.

Photo: Nusa Bali