KUALA LUMPUR: A school trip took a horrific turn when a bus carrying 34 students overturned near Kampung Nanding in Hulu Langat, killing one and injuring four.
The students and a teacher from SMJK Katholik, Petaling Jaya, were returning from Lembah Azwen Resort where they had attended a leadership camp on Sunday. They were on their way to lunch at a restaurant near the village when the accident occurred at about 1.30pm yesterday.
“The road to the restaurant was very steep and the bus overturned as the driver tried to steer the vehicle away from the ravine,” said Kajang OCPD Asst Comm Abdul Rashid Abdul Wahab. The 48-year-old driver escaped unhurt.
The dead student, who was pinned in the wreckage, has been identified as 17-year-old Chin Yeong Peng.
His body had been sent to the Serdang Hospital for a post-mortem.
The four injured students were sent to Ampang Hospital for treatment. Most of the students were reportedly in shock and cried as they were escorted away from the overturned bus.
They were heard shouting for their friends who were still trapped beneath the bus.
By 4pm, all the students had safely gathered at a hut located on top of the hill and many of them had calmed down by then.
Parents of the students were asked to pick up their children from Kg Nanding.
ACP Abdul Rashid said initial investigations indicated that the brakes of the bus were malfunctioning at the time of the accident.
“The case is being probed under Section 41(1) of the Road Transport Act for reckless driving,” said ACP Abdul Rashid.
He said four buses were assigned to transport 157 students of the school, popularly known as Catholic High, to and from the camp site. The Selangor Fire and Rescue Department despatched 12 people to the scene at about 2.30pm.
Department operations assistant director Mohd Sani Harul said the firemen had to cut the front portion of the bus to rescue the trapped students.