On 17 November 2004, seven cars crashed against each other at the Jakarta entrance gate of the Jagorawi toll road leaving six people dead and ten others wounded.
The incident occurred just ten minutes before President Susilo Bambang Yudoyono (SBY), on the way to office in Jakarta from his private home at Cikeas, West Java, entered the toll gate, therefore has made some people blamed SBY's security men for not arranging the traffic properly, and caused the incident.
No investigation has been reported, but SBY and his family still took the same route quite often, and his men kept on harshly stopping other cars before and when they passed the roads, making the traffic more and more jammed.
Last Friday, a Chief Editor of an Automotive magazine i.e. Hendra NS wrote an open letter telling SBY that he has been treated badly by the security men. He also requested SBY and his family to move Jakarta so that people would not suffer more from the traffic jam.
Considering that the state has provide SBY and his family an official residence, I hope that they would spend more time there, so as to lessen the traffic jam.
Sources for this post :
- Enough with the Motorcade Madness, Frustrated Jakarta Commuter Tells Indonesian President (The Jakarta Globe)
- 6 Tewas 10 luka luka di Tol Jagorawi (Suara Merdeka)
- Polri Petieskan Kasus Tabrakan di Tol Jagorawi (Detik)