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12 People Died In A Massive Traffic Jam In Indonesia Following Ramadan

"There's no space on the road. We don't have a solution."

Posted on July 8, 2016, at 3:59 p.m. ET

At least a dozen people died in a massive, three-day traffic jam in Indonesia as motorists crowded the roads to get to their hometowns for the end of Ramadan.

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Officials say most of the victims were elderly, according to BBC News. The deaths were likely caused by a combination of dehydration and fatigue, although one death was attributed to poisoning from exhaust fumes.

The deaths took place at a chokepoint in the city of Brebes on the island of Java. The jam at the Brebes exit, which locals have dubbed "Brexit," caused gridlock stretching back for 13 miles.

"There is a bottleneck there, where there's a petrol station very nearby and many people queue," an official told AFP. "There's no space on the road. We don't have a solution."

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With about 250 million people, Indonesia is the most populous Muslim country in the world. The roads are choked with traffic each year as people leave their cities to head home to their villages to celebrate the end of Ramadan.

According to Indonesia's transport ministry, more than 400 people died on the roads over the holiday season.

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