JOHOR BARU: Two men were killed while eight others were badly injured after the van they were travelling in turned turtle near the Jalan Stulang Darat-Eastern Dispersal Link Expressway (EDL) intersection here.
Johor Baru South OCPD Asst Comm Mohd Padzli Mohd Zain said the van ferrying nine Nepali security guards crashed into a lamppost before it turned turtle.
Investigations revealed that the driver was Musrin Tamyis, a 53-year-old Malaysian man.
"The impact caused serious injuries to the driver and the front-seat passenger, a 37-year-old Nepali man. Both of them were pronounced dead at the scene by the medical team," he said in a statement on Wednesday (June 2).
"Those with information on the case can call our Traffic Investigation Officer Insp Hafiz Jaafar Mad Ariff at 017-591 9208," he said.
He added that the case was being investigated under Section 41(1) of the Road Transport Act 1987.
He said the case would also be investigated for Covid-19 standard operation procedure violations as there were more people in the vehicle than permitted under MCP 3.0.
Meanwhile, Larkin Fire and Rescue Department station operation commander Haizrul Rahmad said 15 firemen, in one fire engine and one Emergency Medical Rescue Service unit, were deployed to the scene.
He added that the driver was pinned in his seat while the security guard seated in front was thrown out of the vehicle in the 7.45am incident.
He added that the identities of the remaining passengers were as yet unknown.
The bodies of both deceased were handed over to the police for further action while the injured were taken to the Sultanah Aminah Hospital for treatment.