Driver of bus that crashed, killing 11, took a wrong turn, says OCPD


SERDANG: The driver of the bus that crashed and killed 11 people, including himself, was going the wrong way.

KLIA OCPD Asst Comm Zulkifli Adamshah said the 43-year-old driver should have taken the three o’clock exit at the roundabout near the incident, but took the 12 o’clock exit instead.

“He was supposed to take the three o’clock exit which leads to MASKargo, where the workers he was transporting were supposed to go, but he took the wrong exit.

“The accident took place about 200 metres from the roundabout. We are investigating why he took the wrong turn; whether it was a mistake or not,” he said when met at the Serdang hospital forensic department on Monday (April 8).

The driver, a local, was killed along with 10 passengers, including five Bangladeshi men, two Nepalese men, and three Indonesian women.

Five were seriously injured, while others suffered light injuries in the 11.10pm accident on Sunday (April 7), along Jalan S8 Pekeliling, near MASKargo KL International Airport.

“The driver does not have any traffic records on his name and his licence is valid. A post-mortem is being conducted currently.

“We are looking at everything, including the state of the bus and the driver to determine the cause of the accident,” he said.

The driver’s relative, met at Serdang hospital, who declined to be named, said the driver, Suresh, is survived by his wife and three children.

The bus was carrying 43 passengers, who were MAS Kargo contract workers, from their hostel in Putra Nilai, Negri Sembilan, to the their place of work when the incident occurred.

The remaining 34 passengers were sent to several hospitals, including Kajang, Serdang and Putrajaya hospitals for treatment.

Fire and Rescue Department personnel took about an hour to reach the victims, as they had to cut through several parts of the bus.

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