SANDAKAN: Another two primary school pupils, who were among four children hit by a container truck while on their way home from school on Thursday, died at Duchess of Kent hospital here, taking the death toll to three.
The fourth victim Nor Farahin Zainuddin, eight, was reported to be in stable condition and recuperating from a fractured leg and bodily injuries at the hospital.
The 41-year-old lorry driver had been remanded under the Road Transport Act 1997 yesterday for six days to facilitate investigations.
Sandakan deputy district police chief Supt Mashud Awang Hamid said Siti Fatin Zainuddin, 11, succumbed to her injuries at midnight on Thurstday and Nor Azminah Tayanak, eight, died at 1am yesterday.
Siti Fatin and Farahin were siblings and all four victims were studying at SK Tanjung Papat. They were all living in Kampung Sim Sim here.
Evalora alias Nur Fazlina Abdul Rahman, seven, died on the spot after the lorry apparently hit a Proton Saga making a U-turn at Jalan Buli Sim Sim before crashing into the children and slamming into the district mosque wall at about 5.45pm on Thursday.
Supt Mashud said police were checking for traces of alcohol or drugs on the driver while three of his workers in the lorry were released after their statements were recorded.
The lorry driver had apparently driven off from the accident scene and was given chase by a taxi driver who blocked his escape 3km away close to marine police headquarters in town.
The taxi driver was helped by marine police personnel to apprehend the driver and his workers and hand them over to traffic police.