ALOR SETAR - A woman was forced up a curb before her vehicle crashed into a big tree following a dramatic car chase between her and her husband, according to police.
The incident left their five-year-old son, who was with the mother, critically injured.
A police statement said witnesses had seen the man trying to force his wife's car to the side of the road in Kampung Titi Besar, near Kepala Batas.
"The wife, however, did not slow down even when her car was forced up the curb and it slammed into a large tree.
"The man lost control of his vehicle too and hit the car belonging to a Royal Malaysian Air Force man, causing it to overturn.
"The man then crashed into the fencing of the Malaysian Meteorological Department staff quarters," the statement said.
The accident happened across a 500m stretch of the road.
All four were taken to hospital.
The child, who was unconscious, suffered three broken ribs that also ruptured his lungs.
He is being treated at the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit of the Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital for serious head injuries, said state Health director Datuk Dr Norhizan Ismail.
"He is also injured in the face, legs and hands," he added.
A source said that on Wednesday afternoon, the man had driven his car and given chase after his wife's vehicle following their squabble.
Dr Norhizan said the mother, 37, who is an assistant director with the Kedah State Economic Development Corporation, sustained head injuries and broke her right hand. She is in stable condition.
The 38-year-old husband, a former director of the Malaysian Investment Development Authority, was slightly injured but still warded for observation.
The air force member, 38, has regained consciousness and is in stable condition.