JOHOR BARU - An early morning accident involving two Mitsubishi Evo cars which were believed to be racing along the North-South Expressway heading towards Johor Baru after the Merdeka countdown has left two people dead.
One of the cars split into two after they crashed into each other.
The dead, salesman Tan Tech Meng, 25, and waiter Lin Boon Hui, 18, were the driver and the front passenger of the car that had split into two.
Two others in the car, students Chen Yen Quan, 17, and Eng Kong Jeng, 18, were seriously injured.
The driver of the other Evo car was injured on his chest.
All the injured were sent to Hospital Sultan Ismail for treatment while the bodies of Tan and Lin were sent to Sultanah Aminah Hospital for post-mortem.
The accident also involved another car, a Proton Waja, but its driver escaped unhurt.
Johor Baru South OCPD Asst Comm Sulaiman Salleh said investigations showed that the drivers of the two Mitsubishi Evo cars could have been racing at high speeds at about 2.10am yesterday, before one of them lost control and hit the two other vehicles.
"It is believed that the two cars were racing at high speeds, as the car that was carrying the four victims, was found split into two due to the impact of the crash," he said.
He urged those who had witnessed the accident to contact the police hotline at 07-2218 999.