KOTA KINABALU - A soldier was killed and two others critically injured when an army truck with 23 soldiers on board crashed into a monsoon drain in Sabah's east coast Lahad Datu district Saturday.
Kpl Mohd Farouk Baha, a soldier from Unit Komponent B of the Royal Malay Regiment, died shortly after he was admitted to the Lahad Datu Hospital following the accident at Kampung Biuang at about 10.30am.
One of the two injured soldiers is in critical condition while the other is in a serious but stable condition.
Other soldiers in the truck sustained minor injuries and were given outpatient treatment at a hospital.
Lahad Datu police chief Asst Comm Hamzah Ahmad, when contacted, confirmed the incident.
He said police suspect that the driver lost control of the vehicle prior to the crash, and that their investigations were ongoing.
The truck was part of a three-vehicle convoy heading from Kem Cenderawasih in Tungku towards Sandakan to participate in a military exercise when the accident occurred.
It is learnt that the army truck driver lost control of his vehicle, which then overturned and landed in the drain.
The driver and two soldiers were in the front seat while 20 others were seated at the back.