MARANG: A car driver was burnt to death when his vehicle smashed into a tanker that had burst into flames in an earlier collision on the Marang-Dungun road yesterday.
In the incident at Kampung Rhu Renggeh at 1.30pm yesterday, fire from the tanker, which had hit a pick-up truck laden with gas cylinders, spread to a nearby coffeeshop and a house.
A motorcycle parked on the road was also gutted.
Marang OCPD Deputy Supt Syed A. Wahab Abdul Majid said the tanker rammed into the truck from behind as the latter was turning right, probably to stop at the coffee shop.
He said the car coming from the opposite direction then collided with the tanker, resulting in all three vehicles being gutted.
DSP Syed A. Wahab said the identity of the car driver could not be immediately established as the body was charred beyond recognition.
He said the injured tanker driver, Idris Kadir, 46, from Kampung Baru, Jalan Berta, Kerteh, was admitted to Kuala Terengganu Hospital.
The driver of the pick-up truck, Mohd Anuar Abdullah, 31, from Kampung Sungai Rengas, Kuala Terengganu, and motorcyclist Nazrulzaman Hamid, who had serious injuries, were also hospitalised.
DSP Syed A. Wahab said the house occupants and coffeeshop customers were unhurt.
Marang Fire and Rescue Department spokesman Kamaruddin Mustafa said firemen took one hour and 20 minutes to control the blaze.
He said that 18 firemen and three fire engines, including two from Kuala Terengganu, were involved in the operation.