Nine killed in three separate accidents

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  • Sunday, 08 Jun 2003

KUANTAN: Nine people were killed in three separate accidents over two days in various parts of the country. 

In the first incident, six people were killed in an accident at the 33rd kilometre of Jalan Kuantan-Kemaman, near Kampung Sungai Ular, here yesterday. 

A district police spokesman said three of them were killed on the spot in the 4pm incident while the others died on the way to hospital. 

The accident happened when the driver of a school van carrying 13 people tried to avoid a car which was overtaking a trailer. The vanthen collided with the trailer. Two other vehicles also collided with the van and trailer. 

The identities of the dead had yet to be established at press time. 

In Kuala Terengganu, a 28-year-old man died in an accident on the eve of his wedding. His younger sister was also killed while his mother was seriously injured. 

The accident at Jalan Kuala Berang Sungai Tong in Setiu occurred when Mohd Nahmarul Nizam Omar, 28, lost control of his car, which swerved to the right lane and rammed into a lorry. 

“The lorry, with three soldiers as passengers, turned turtle while the car skidded to the side of the road on impact,” said Setiu Traffic Chief Insp Suhaimi Mat Nor. 

The Fire and Rescue Department was summoned to extricate Mohd Nahmarul’s body from the mangled vehicle. The victim’s sister Nabila Omar, 12, died on the way to Sungai Tong Medical Centre. 

The lorry driver and soldiers escaped injury while the victim’s mother Nahyah Salleh, 53, was being treated at Kuala Terengganu Hospital. 

The victims’ bodies were sent to Jertih Hospital in Besut for post-mortem before they were claimed by family members for burial.  

In Ipoh, a man was killed when his sister drove her car into him while attempting to manoeuvre across a narrow bridge. 

The Friday morning incident occurred in front of the victim’s house in Jalan Selama, Bagan Serai, at 11.20am. 

Kerian OCPD Supt Hamzah Mohd Som said G. Veallan, 31, was directing G. Murugamah, 27, over the bridge. 

“Murugamah is believed to have mistakenly stepped on the accelerator causing the car to lunge forward, knocking down her brother,” he said yesterday. – Bernama  

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