Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Two More Perished in NSE Bus Crash

Adapted from The Star newspaper

RAWANG: Two people were killed and seven others seriously injured when the express bus they were in crashed into a divider before overturning at the 406th kilometre on the North-South Expressway.

The bus, Allison Express, carrying 18 passengers, was heading to Singapore from Penang when the driver was believed to have lost control of the vehicle while negotiating a bend during the 1.30pm incident yesterday.

The dead have been identified as Husaini Karim, 52, from George Town and Khoo Kheng Ch’ng, 77, from Ayer Hitam.

Selangor traffic police chief Supt Che Hussin Omar said, initial investigations revealed the driver lost control of the bus due to slippery road conditions following a heavy downpour.
“Two passengers died on the spot while those seriously injured have been warded at the Slim River and Sungai Buloh hospital,” he said.

Supt Che Hussin said the 44-year-old bus driver had three traffic summonses. An arrest warrant had also been issued for the driver.

A couple who only wanted to be known as Fong, 74, and his wife Lim, 68, said the driver had not been speeding.

“We did not feel the bus driver was speeding or driving recklessly. I believe the crash was because of the slippery road,” a bruised Fong, who was sitting in the front row, said.

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