3 devotees dead after car ploughs into Thaipusam procession

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KUALA LUMPUR/PETALING JAYA - Three devotees died after a car ploughed into a group of people who were walking to Batu Caves to celebrate Thaipusam on Saturday.

The group of devotees, who were clad in yellow, had walked from Senawang, Negri Sembilan, when the accident occurred at about 8.30am near Seri Petaling here.

Several others in the group who were injured are being treated at the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Hospital.

Police have located the car, a BMW with registration plate PMH 718, which rammed into the group when approaching the exit to Seri Petaling on the North South Expressway at 8am.

The devotees were walking on the emergency lane. The driver of the car was reported to have sped off after the accident.

Police identified the deceased as Saravanan Krishnan, 45; Kannan Chinnakanoo, 51 and Papa Sinnah, 53.

Two of the injured were identified as Mageswaran Palanisamy, 40, and Darrshen Devara, 18. Another injured woman has not been identified.