KOTA KINABALU - A man and his 19-year-old daughter were killed when their vehicle crashed head-on with a lorry tanker while on their way to Lahad Datu in Sabah's east coast.
The 58-year-old hardware dealer, Lim Get Liong, had fetched Lim Ser Yun from her grandparents' house in Sandakan to bring her back to Lahad Datu to prepare for Chinese New Year celebrations. His wife stayed behind.
Get Liong and Ser Yun, the couple's only child, were killed on the spot when their Toyota Landcruiser Prado collided with the oncoming lorry tanker at KM103 Sandakan-Lahad Datu road at about 5.10pm on Wednesday.
Both father and daughter were pinned inside the vehicle and firemen had to extricate their bodies.
The 43-year-old lorry driver from Sandakan suffered chest injuries and was warded at the Kinabatangan hospital. He is reported to be out of danger.
The bodies of the two victims were claimed by their families yesterday after a post-mortem at the hospital.
According to family friends, Ser Yun completed her studies at the Lahad Datu Middle School last year. She and her family regularly shuttled between Lahad Datu and Sandakan.
In an unrelated incident at Kampung Nambazan in Penampang near here, a paralysed man, Johnnisius Peter Jefferin, 54, was killed in a fire that destroyed his wooden house at about 3.30am yesterday.
However, his 46-year-old cousin escaped the fire that was believed to have been caused by a short-circuit on the second floor of the house.