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Thousands of travellers heading to their hometowns to celebrate Eid al-Fitr wait in a massive traffic jam in Bali, Indonesia.. Antara Foto/Nyoman Budhiana/ via REUTERS

Twelve people died after being stuck in a traffic jam for three days at an intersection known as "Brexit" in Indonesia.

A toll gate located at the intersection of the town of Brebes in the main island of Java is called Brexit as it is short for "Brebes exit"

Traffic stretched for more than 21 km as commuters headed home to celebrate Eid-al–Fitr.

Though most of the victims were elderly and died from fatigue and other health complications, a one-year-old also died as a result of fume poisioning.

"In terms of this Brexit case, there's been a total of 12 victims over different days," spokesman Hemi Pramuraharjo, transport ministry spokesman was quoted telling AFP.

He said earlier reports that suggested that the deaths happened on a single day were incorrect. The deaths occurred between July 3 and July 5, not on a single day. Roadside vendors and crowded markets near Brexit intensified the jam.

"There is a bottleneck there, where there's a petrol station very nearby and many people queue up. There's no space on the road. We don't have a solution," Pramuraharjo said while explaining the cause of the jam.

The Indonesian health ministry also discredited earlier reports that claimed that all deaths occurred on one day. The ministry urged motorists to rest and take necessary precautions if they were undertaking long journeys.

Achmad Yurianto, a spokesman for the ministry, said the heavy use of air conditioning could also lead to an increase in carbon dioxide levels in people's cars.

Pramuraharjo added that including the victims of the Brexit jam, nearly 400 motorists have died on Indonesia's roads during the holiday season.

Java island which is home to 144 million people reports frequent accidents on its potholed roads.

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