Bus crash kills at least 18
A car and a packed church bus returning from an outing collided and plunged into a river in West Java, killing at least 18 people and injuring more than a dozen others, police said yesterday. The bus, carrying about 60 people from a church in northern Jakarta, was returning from a trip to the hilly resort town of Puncak when its brakes apparently malfunctioned, local traffic police chief Captain Muhammad Chaniago said. He said the bus hit a small car and crashed through a wall, before both vehicles fell into the river in Cisarua.
Dog saves cat’s life
Traditional animal rivalries were set aside when a dog’s blood was used to save the life of a poisoned cat in a rare inter-species transfusion, reports said yesterday. Cat owner Kim Edwards was frantic on Friday last week when her ginger tom Rory went limp after eating rat poison, rushing to her local veterinary clinic in Tauranga for help. Vet Kate Heller said the feeble feline was fading fast and needed an immediate transfusion to survive, so she decided to take a gamble and use dog blood to try to save the animal. Edwards called up her friend Michelle Whitmore, who volunteered her labrador Macy. Edwards said the cat appeared to have come through its ordeal unscathed. “Rory is back to normal and we don’t have a cat that barks or fetches the paper,” she said.
Nuclear reactor shuts down
A reactor at one of the nation’s largest nuclear plants shut down yesterday. The reactor, one of six at the Yeonggwang complex, shut down at 2:44pm, a spokesman for Korea Hydro and Power Co said. “The cause of the stoppage is as yet unknown and investigations are under way,” the spokesman said.