MUAR - Five people in a family who were returning to their Kampung Parit Amat, Parit Bakar home after attending the funeral of a relative in Kuantan were killed when the multi-purpose vehicle they were travelling in crashed into a stationary trailer parked along the Tangkak-Muar road here.
Three other members of the family, who were seriously injured in the 5.50am accident, have been warded at the Sultanah Fatimah Specialist Hospital here.
The dead have been identified as siblings Rokiah Othman, 62, Mahani, 56, and Jasilah, 42, Rokiah's husband Basiron Kasiran, 74, and a relative, Ramlah Abu Bakar, 66.
Mahani's three daughters, Siti Hajar Abdul Rahim, 30, a teacher, Siti Nur Ain, 24, and Siti Nur Suhada, 20, were injured.
What's even more tragic is the fact that Suhada was supposed to start her studies at Universiti Kuala Lumpur this Sunday, and her mother Mahani, who is among the dead, had sacrificed her umrah trip to pay for her education.
Suhada, who suffered minor injuries, said the family left Kuantan at around 3am after paying their last respects to a relative who had just passed away.
She said she could not remember anything about the crash.
"Next thing I knew, strangers were carrying me and my relatives out of the car," she said at the hospital.