Genting bus crash: Survivor recalls how bus driver tried to avoid lorry and lost control

Genting bus crash: Survivor recalls how bus driver tried to avoid lorry and lost control
Rescue workers and firemen working hard to recover bodies from the ill-fated bus in Genting Highlands.

BENTONG - Suriardi Budiarto, 52, had been looking forward to bringing back wonderful memories from his first visit to the Genting Highlands resort.

Instead, it all turned into a nightmare when the bus he was travelling in plunged into the ravine.

"The bus was not speeding, but when it approached the temple, it lost its brakes. It kept picking up speed and everyone was screaming in fear.

"There was a lorry in front and the bus driver had to swerve to avoid it and lost control," he said.

Suriardi blacked out during the plunge and woke up to find that he had been flung a few metres from the bus.

The brother-in-law of the bus driver known only as Ong said the family had been anxious to know of the fate of Lim Kok Ho after he failed to answer his phone.

"We got to know of the news and rushed here to find out if my brother-in-law is alive," he said when met outside KL Hospital mortuary.

He said Lim, who lives in Pandan Indah, Ampang, has several years' experience as a bus driver.

Lim is confirmed dead.

Faisal Rashid, 24, was looking for his father Rashid Jantan, 61, an assistant security manager at the hill resort for the last 35 years.

He said his father would usually return home by 4pm at the latest after his shift ends at 2pm.

"My father takes the bus to work daily. I couldn't call him. My mother told me to wait at the hospital as soon as she heard about the crash, but his name was not found there. Right now, I can only surrender to God and hope for the best," he added.

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