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Published: Saturday May 12, 2012 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Sunday May 26, 2013 MYT 11:22:58 AM

Bus crash ruins Thai vacation

SEREMBAN: A group of 28 friends, mostly retirees, had their plans for a five-day holiday in Thailand dashed when their bus crashed while on the way to the Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) in Sepang early yesterday.

The 52-year-old bus driver K. Gunachandar suffered massive head injuries and died on the spot after the vehicle ploughed into a tree during the 4.30am incident near Gadong.

The friends, aged between 40 and 72, were supposed to have taken the 7am flight to Chiangmai for a break but were instead rushed to the Tuanku Ja'afar Hospital.

Three passengers who are seriously injured are Lay Tiam Moi, 64, Lee Piak Watt and Kong Siew Kuan, both 63.

Three more were warded for observation at the emergency unit. Another 22 passengers were given outpatient treatment.

Nineteen of the 28 passengers were female.

A passenger, who did not wish to be named, said the group left Tampin at about 3am to ensure that they were not late for their flight.

“Four of our group members were from Muar and another was from Kuala Lumpur. The rest were from Tampin,” he said at the outpatient department.

The man, who had bruises all over his body, said most of the passen-gers were asleep when the accident took place.

“It happened within seconds,” he said, adding that three passengers who were seated behind the driver were flung out of the vehicle.

Lau Tau Fong, 62, who was among the passengers in the front seat, said: “The windscreen broke and I was flung out.

“I am grateful that I did not suffer serious injuries.”

Lau said that the bus shook violently seconds before the accident.

“It swerved to the left and then right before crashing into the tree. It was a frightening experience.”

Another passenger said they were left moaning and crying before help came.

“The stretch was quiet, so no one knew of the accident,” she said.

“Villagers from nearby Kampung LBJ who heard a loud bang came out to investigate and found us several minutes later,” she said.

State traffic police chief ASP Halil Hamzah said police were investigating the cause of the accident.

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