KUALA LUMPUR - At least six foreigners were among 37 people killed when a bus crashed in Malaysia's worst-ever road accident, officials confirmed on Thursday as reports said the vehicle was overloaded and had a history of citations.
The private bus had 53 aboard when it veered off a busy and treacherous mountain road on Wednesday, tumbling into a deep gully and scattering dead and injured on a mountainside.
According to the Health Ministry and police, the dead include 14 Malaysians, two Indians, a Korean, a Nepalese, and two Bangladeshis. One of the Bangladeshis also held a Canadian passport.
Health ministry official Jeya Indran Sinnadurai told reporters the rest were yet to be identified.
Sixteen survivors are in hospital, including Malaysian, Indonesian, Bangladeshi and Thai nationals. Jeya said all were expected to survive.
"All those who were critical, we have been able to turn around," he said.
Housing and Urban Wellbeing Minister Abdul Rahman Dahlan was quoted as saying the vehicle's capacity was 44.
"You do the math," Mr Rahman told reporters when asked if the bus was overloaded.
The bus plied a route that brings visitors to the Genting Highlands resort, a mountaintop gambling and entertainment park near the capital Kuala Lumpur.
Local media reported the vehicle was on a police "blacklist" due to excessive traffic citations but AFP could not verify the claim.
Being put on the list results in banishment from roads unless citations are settled.