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Three die in accident in Semanggol

Last Update: 19/05/2019

BAGAN SERAI, May 19 (Bernama) -- Three Myanmar nationals were killed, while seven seriously injured and four others sustained minor injuries when the SUV vehicle they were travelling in skidded and crashed into a guardrail at KM190.6 North-South Expressway southbound near Semanggol early today.

State Traffic Investigation and Enforcement Department Supt Zakaria Abd Rahman said in the 7.34am incident, the passengers were travelling from Alor Pongsu southbound when the driver lost control of the vehicle before it skidded and crashed into the guardrail on the left.

He said due to the impact, three passengers were thrown out the vehicle and had fallen off the highway bridge in Kampung Tebuk Panchor, Semanggol. They all died at the scene.

Seven more passengers were seriously injured while four other sustained minor injuries and being sent to Taiping Hospital for treatment while the bodies of three who were killed were sent to Parit Buntar Hospital for post-mortem, he said in a statement here today.

The initial investigation found that all passengers were Myanmar nationals and had no valid identification documents and the driver had fled the scene.

Zakaria said the police arrested four passengers who sustained minor injuries at the Taiping Hospital for further investigation and the case was investigated under Section 41 (1) of the Road Transport Act 1987.

Meanwhile, Bagan Serai Fire and Rescue Station’s operations chief Rozi Che Pa said the department, upon receiving the emergency call at 7.34am, rushed a fire engine and 12 firefighters to the scene.

He said upon arrival at the scene, the team found found six Myamnar nationals were thrown out of the vehicle and fallen off the bridge.

The vehicle was ferrying 13 Myanmar men and a woman, aged 20 to 40, when the accident occurred, he said.



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