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Monday September 19, 2005

Seven die as ‘sliding’ car hits roadblock

PENANG: A car carrying four people went out of control and ploughed into a roadblock under a flyover killing seven people, including three policemen. 

The policemen, a motorcyclist who was having his particulars checked, the driver of the car and two passengers died in the incident that occurred at 2.02am at Jalan Tengku Kudin yesterday. 

Penang Chief Police Officer Deputy Comm Datuk Christopher Wan Soo Kee said the driver lost control of the car after hitting a railing.  

“The car turned turtle and slid towards the motorcycle lane knocking down everything in its way,” he told a press conference. 

The car screeched to a stop after hitting police lance corporal Ridzuan Jaafar, 41, a police volunteer reserve constable Shamsuri Mohamed, 30, Lok Wan Loo, 35 and motorcyclist Mohamad Izwan Badri, 19. All four died. Shamsuri from Mergong, Kedah,died on the spot. 

Mohamad Izwan who was from Perak and worked as a canteen helper in Bayan Lepas also died on the spot.  

Ridzuan and Lok died in hospital.  

The driver Rokaib Mohd Amin, 20, and a passenger Azura Romli, 20, died on the spot while another passenger Mohamad Azrul Nayan died in hospital. 

Another passenger Mohd Taufik Abdul Hamid, who miraculously survived, managed to crawl out of the mangled car. 

The four, who were employees of Penang Ship Building and Construction, were believed to be on their way to have a drink after hanging out at Gurney Drive. 

Wan said the roadblock was carried out under the flyover because it was raining. 

He said police was investigating if there was any element of reckless or dangerous driving.  

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