Tragic accident in Simpang Pulai claims two lives, injures three


IPOH: A woman and a teenage boy were killed while three others, all believed to be family members, were injured after the seven-seater car they were in crashed with a lorry at Jalan Simpang Pulai-Cameron Highlands near here.

Perak Malaysian Fire and Rescue Department Operations Division assistant director Sabarodzi Nor Ahmad said both the woman and the boy were confirmed to have died on the spot during the incident on Saturday morning (June 8).

"The two deceased were found trapped and extricated.

"They were pronounced dead by medical personnel," he said in a statement.

"The driver of the car, in his 60s, was seriously injured while two girls, believed to be four and nine, were also injured," he said, adding that they received the emergency call at about 11.40am.

Sabarodzi said the lorry driver, 33, who was transporting tyres, was not injured.

"The lorry driver was driving towards Simpang Pulai while the family was headed towards Cameron Highlands.

"The car has crashed into a ditch by the roadside after the accident," he said.

In a separate statement, Ipoh OCPD Asst Comm Abang Zainal Abidin Abang Ahmad said the driver of the car, 64, is believed to have lost control of the car while negotiating a bend on the road.

"The car had entered the opposite lane and crashed into the lorry.

"The two deceased victims, aged 50 and 12, died on the spot," he said, adding that the incident occurred near Kampung Kerawat.

"Those who were injured have been sent to the Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital for treatment while the bodies of the deceased were sent to the mortuary for post mortem," he added.

ACP Abang Zainal Abidin said the case is being investigated under Section 41(1) of the Road Transport Act for reckless driving causing death.

"The police would like those who witnessed the incident to come forward to the nearest police station or contact investigating officer Insp Edwin Tang Chiew Song at 016-550 6863," he added.

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