GUA MUSANG: Six members of a family were killed when their car skidded and hit the back of a lorry at 63rd kilometre of the Gua Musang-Kota Baru road after their driver tried to avoid a pool of water in heavy rain.
The dead were identified as Mohd Ghazali Mohd Ariffin, 33, his wife Haridhah Hassan, 32, and their three children, Mohd Zunain, eight, Mohd Zulkifli, six, and Mohd Aiman, three.
The other victim was Mohd Ghazali’s sister, Siti Norlin Farhana, 22.
All six victims died on the spot at around 11am yesterday.
Mohd Ghazali and Haridhah were both teachers in Langkawi.
The lorry driver Sukarnan Saim, 49, from Tanah Merah, escaped with light injuries, while his co-driver Naimun Noh, 45 sustained serious injuries after he was flung onto the windscreen.
Mohd Ghazali, from Bachok, and his family were on their way to Seremban in Negri Sembilan.
Several of the victims were thrown out of the car when it skidded on the slippery and winding road, regarded as the most deadly stretch in Kelantan.
Gua Musang district OCPD Supt Ahmad Termizi Abd Haq advised motorists to be extra careful when travelling on the stretch especially during the monsoon season.