KOTA KINABALU: Four children were orphaned when their family was involved in a car accident where three people, including their parents, perished along the Kimanis-Keningau road late Wednesday (March 31).
The four surviving children, aged between four and 15 comprising a boy and three girls, were injured and are being treated at a hospital.
Papar OCPD Deputy Supt Batholomew Umpit said the victims were in a car carrier truck heading towards Kota Kinabalu in the 10.15pm accident.
"They were all from Keningau and were going to Kota Kinabalu to repair their car," he said.
The father, who was driving, lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a hill slope.
"The mother and daughter were flung out of the truck and the father was pinned to his seat," said DSP Batholomew.
The couple and their 12-year-old daughter were pronounced dead at the scene when rescuers arrived.
Fire and Rescue Department personnel who arrived at the scene managed to free the trapped victims from the vehicle and they were rushed to the Papar hospital.
"The survivors are in stable condition and are under doctor's supervision," said DSP Batholomew.
This case is being investigated for causing death due to reckless and dangerous driving under the Road Transport Act 1987.