Female passenger killed in four-vehicle accident in Malaysia

ALOR SETAR - A woman was killed while her five-year-old son suffered head injuries during an accident involving four vehicles at Km22 of the Jalan Putra-Pekan Ayer Hitam stretch near here.

Noor Haslinda Hashim, 34, was travelling in a multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) driven by her husband Mohammad Iqhfan Mohd Yazi.

"The MPV was rammed by a bus. The victim was pinned under the rear seat and sustained serious head injuries," said Kubang Pasu district police chief Superintendent Abdul Rahim Abdullah.

Noor Haslinda, a government servant from Johor, was rushed to the Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital in Alor Setar but died at about 8.10pm on the same day.

A Proton Waja and a Kawasaki superbike were also involved in the 4.50pm accident on Friday.

The accident caused a massive jam for a few kilometres on both directions.

Supt Abdul Rahim said the MPV with six passengers was travelling from Alor Setar to Pekan Ayer Hitam.

"The bus with 15 passengers was coming from the same direction and heading to Kangar.

"When the MPV reached a junction at Pekan Ayer Hitam, it stopped on the middle of the road to let the vehicles from the opposite direction to clear before making a right turn.

"The bus rammed into the MPV from behind, causing it to spin 360 degrees before it was hit by the oncoming Proton Waja and the superbike," he said.

The Proton Waja driver Osman Saidin, 62, said he saw the accident but could not avoid the spinning MPV.

"I'm thankful to God as all my four family members in the car are safe," said Osman from Taman Semarak, Kuala Perlis.

Noor Haslinda leaves behind two sons aged two and five.

The five-year-old received a few stitches on his head and has been discharged.

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