Passenger killed after bus plunges down slope

Passenger killed after bus plunges down slope
The double-decker express bus which plunged down a slope and crashed into the the Sungai Jernih plantation.

PEKAN, Malaysia - A double-decker express bus plunged down a slope along the Kuantan-Segamat trunk road, near here, causing the death of a passenger.

The bus was carrying around 40 people when it crashed near the Sungai Jernih plantation at around 4.40pm yesterday.

Pekan district police chief Supt Yahaya Othman said all the passengers were sent to three hospitals; the Pekan Hospital here, the Tengku Ampuan Afzan Hospital in Kuantan and the Bandar Muazam Shah Hospital in Rompin.

He said most of those on board the ill-fated bus were tourists from Singapore, China and India who had spent the weekend on Pulau Redang in Terengganu.

Supt Yahaya said the dead victim, identified as Harry Christopher Woolhouse, 32, from Great Britain, was believed to be among the tourists who had earlier left the island and were travelling back to Singapore.

He said the cause of the crash was being investigated.

This was the third incident involving an express bus in Pahang over the past eight days.

On April 12, a Transnational double-decker bus hit an electrical pole and overturned in Bentong, killing three passengers.

On Saturday, an Etika Express bus crashed into a road divider on the East Coast Expressway and flipped over, leaving most of its 28 passengers injured.

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