Three in family killed in crash


  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 08 Jun 2004

BY SIMON KHOO AND VINCENT TAN

SEREMBAN: Three members of a family were killed when their car smashed into an executive coach coming from the opposite direction on the North-South Expressway near here yesterday. 

The car, driven by a Felda settler Rawaji Shamsuri, 60, was believed to have jumped across the dividing ditch and collided head-on with the bus at the 245.3km of the expressway at 3.30pm. 

The coach driver, Chai Chuan How, 44, lost control of his Sri Bayu bus which fell on its side and skidded for about 100m before coming to a halt. 

Rawaji from Pasir Raja, Johor, was found dead pinned to the driver's seat. His daughters Noraini, 18, and Norfaizah, 16, who were flung out of the car, were also killed.  

The impact of the crash caused the car's engine and bonnet to break apart and the roof was ripped off. 

CRASH SITE: The bus lying on its side after the accident on the North-South Expressway near Seremban on Monday. - STARpic by A. Malex Yahaya

Except for four Singaporeans, Chai and the other 23 passengers, aged between 21 and 35, were sent to the Seremban Hospital where they were treated for light injuries. 

At press time, eight of them – five men and three women – have been warded for observation while the others were allowed to return home.  

The four Singaporeans – shopowner Mohd Iqbal Abdul Kudus, 40, his wife and two daughters – declined medical help as they were only suffering from cuts and bruises. 

FATAL CRASH: Firemen attempting to recover the body of Rawaji from the wreckage of his car at the scene of the accident at the North-South Expressway on Monday.

Mohd Iqbal said he had taken the Butterworth-bound coach from Johor Baru with his family to go to Kuala Lumpur for a holiday.  

“I am all right and I have just contacted my relative to pick me up. 

“I thank God we are alive,” he said. 

Police are investigating the cause of the accident. 

Seremban traffic chief Asst Supt Nik Ishak Nik Saad said statements would be recorded from the passengers and bus driver. 

Those who witnessed the accident can contact the investigating officer C/Insp Mazlan Mustafa at 06-6013222. 

The accident was the second involving a bus in a week.  

On Thursday, a tour bus crashed and turned turtle on the way to Kuala Lumpur from Genting Highlands, killing a Sarawakian man and injuring 17 others. 

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