BUKIT MERTAJAM: Four Sabahan friends, who were on their way to supper at Highway Autocity, Juru, died after the two motorcycles that they were riding on crashed into an oncoming lorry.
The four were Mozes Danil, 19, and George Liew Ket Kiong, 21, from Tambunan; and Edelmar Edy, 20, and Albert C. Saludi, 43, from Taman Jenloong, Tawau.
Mozes and Edelmar were students from Politeknik Seberang Prai while Liew and Albert were Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) undergraduates.
Central Seberang Prai traffic and public order head Chief Insp Mohd Mahiri Hussein said the victims were riding on two motorcycles from Juru town toward the Autocity in Jalan Tok Kangar when the incident happened at 2.50am yesterday.
“Initial investigations revealed that one of the motorcyclists overtook the other but rammed into an on-coming lorry laden with electronic goods.
“The lorry driver lost control of his vehicle and later hit the other motorcyclist,” he said.
Chief Insp Mohd Mahiri added that the lorry also hit a stalled trailer parked on the road shoulder, before landing on its side. The 34-year old driver from Pendang, Kedah, however, escaped with minor injuries.
He said Mozes and Albert died on the spot while Liew and Edelmar died between 6am and 10am at the Seberang Jaya Hospital due to severe bleeding.
“We have detained the lorry driver for questioning. The case will be investigated under Section 41 (1) of the Road Transport Act 1987,” Chief Insp Mohd Mahiri said.