IPOH: The driver of a trailer who had crashed into a car killing a family of four near here has been arrested.
Perak police chief Comm Datuk Mior Faridalathrash Wahid said the 34-year-old driver would be remanded in court on Thursday (July 14).
He said the driver had 13 traffic offences since 2008, three of which involved road accidents in 2012, 2020 and 2021.
“The driver was on his way from Taiping to Bukit Beruntung, and initial urine test found him to be negative from any drug usage,” he said.
Comm Mior Faridalathrash added that during the 2.45pm incident on Wednesday (July 13), the empty trailer had crashed into the car with the four family members inside along KM277.1 of the North-South Expressway near here, resulting in their deaths.
The four have been identified as retired police corporal Rahim Ramli, 60, his wife Siti Petimah Omar, 59, and their two daughters Nor Nadirah, 28, and Nor Hamizah, 27.
He said due to the impact of the accident, both the trailer and the car had knocked into five other cars.
He said that drivers and passengers inside the other cars were not injured.
“Those who had witnessed the accident have been urged to come forward to assist the police.
“They can contact Inspector Mohd Tarmini Che Hassan at 013-5949441,” he added.
The case he said is investigated under Section 41 (1) of the Road Transport Act 1987 for causing death due to dangerous driving.
On Wednesday, a relative of the victims said she had an uneasy feeling when her calls to them went unanswered.
The relative, who only wished to be known as Atie, 43, said the family was on their way to Kuala Lumpur to send one of the daughters who recently got a job there.
The victims are expected to be buried in Permatang Pauh, Penang.
It is learnt that the family was travelling from Sungai Petani, Kedah, to Kuala Lumpur.