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Tuesday February 25, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Tuesday February 25, 2014 MYT 9:23:11 AM
Horrific end: Scene of the accident where a bus collided with the car at the Jalan Tuaran Bypass near Kota Kinabalu.
KOTA KINABALU: Two Final Year Universiti Malaysia Sabah students, who were planning to get engaged, died on the spot in a collision between a car and an express bus in Menggatal.
Their friends said Shazwan Hazlami Sharidzuan, from Sandakan, and Norashila Abdullah, from Miri, both 23, had spoken of their plans to get engaged upon graduating from their Business Management degree course.
“They were both very committed to their studies and even planned to look for jobs together after the convocation in September and get engaged,” said their friend, who only wanted to be known as Ajil, at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
During the 8pm incident on Sunday, an express bus ferrying 38 passengers rammed into the car both Shazwan and Norashila were travelling in.
Eyewitnesses said the bus, which was travelling to Tawau from Kota Kinabalu, dragged the vehicle for about 200m before finally coming to a halt.
The couple died from head and body injuries.
Following the tragic accident, many of the bus passengers abandoned their journey.
Sabah Traffic and Public Order chief Supt Ismadi Borhan said it would be carrying out an operation soon to clamp down on errant bus drivers.
“Bus drivers who are not driving according to the speed limit will be given harsher punishment. We also need cooperation from the public to report to the authorities should they come across any reckless driver on the road,” he said.
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