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by nicholas cheng
The wreckage of the blue Nissan Skyline.
KUALA LUMPUR: Six people, including a minor, were burnt to death after the car they were travelling in collided with a highway pillar and exploded into flames near the Kampung Pandan roundabout, early Wednesday.
The victims, believed to be a family, were travelling from the SMART Highway towards Jalan Perkasa at around 12.42am when a witness said their blue Nissan Skyline went out of control and slammed into the concrete pillar.
The car exploded upon impact and continued on a few more metres before coming to a complete stop.
Thirteen Fire and Rescue department officers were dispatched to the scene and took about an hour to extract the charred bodies from the twisted hulk.
"The bodies are completely burnt beyond recognition. There were three males and three females., all adults except for one, who we believe was a teenager, based on paramedic's assessment.
"When we got to the scene, it was a complete mess. The car was still on fire with car and body parts scattered," said operations commander Hamid Daud, who could not disclose further details at press time.
The bodies were taken to the Kuala Lumpur Hospital for a post-mortem.
The accident at the heart of the city drew hundreds of curious motorists and bystanders.
Military officer Kamarul Haniff Hamid, 21 said he witnessed the horrific crash while driving along Jalan Tun Razak towards the roundabout.
"I was in the car with my sister and girlfriend after supper when I saw this blur of a car that was speeding really fast.
"Then I heard brakes screeching and then a loud boom and saw the explosion when it hit the pillar. The car's door was torn off and it moved a bit more before stopping.
"I ran over there and tried to pull out the people inside but the flames were so big, I couldn't get near it. I could only watch," said Kamarul Haniff.
He said the six victims inside were not moving and didn't hear any screams for help.
"It spooked me because earlier, I nearly got into an accident with two motorcycles. Then minutes later such an unbelievable thing happened in front of my eyes," he said.
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