JOHOR BARU: Two accidents, involving three trailers and a bus, some 500m apart killed four people at the North-South Expressway near here.
In the first accident at 5am, an express bus heading here with 24 passengers rammed into the back of a trailer, sending both vehicles into a ditch near the Kulai lay-by.
Johor Baru (North) traffic chief Chief Insp Bakri Zainal Abidin said three front-row passengers died after they were thrown out of the bus due to the impact.
Police said Salmah Mat Noor, 53, from Ulu Tiram, Tan Soo Ling, 52, of Pontian, and a yet-to-be-identified victim died at the scene.
Chief Insp Bakri said 13 other passengers had been warded at the Sultanah Aminah Hospital while the driver of the trailer was not injured.
“We have detained the 40-year-old bus driver for reckless driving,” he said.
While policemen and Fire and Rescue Department officers were busy helping the victims, they heard another loud crash further down the road.
Some of them ran to the scene and saw that two trailers had collided into each other with a driver pinned to his seat.
The driver, identified as M. Sivakumar, 26, from Ipoh, died at the scene.
Chief Insp Bakri said police had detained the driver of the other trailer to assist in further investigation.
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