MUAR - Five people in a family who were returning to their Kampung Parit Amat, Parit Bakar home after attending the funeral of a relative in Kuantan were killed when the multi-purpose vehicle they were travelling in crashed into a stationary trailer parked along the Tangkak-Muar road here.
Three other members of the family, who were seriously injured in the 5.50am accident, have been warded at the Sultanah Fatimah Specialist Hospital here.
The dead have been identified as siblings Rokiah Othman, 62, Mahani, 56, and Jasilah, 42, Rokiah's husband Basiron Kasiran, 74, and a relative, Ramlah Abu Bakar, 66.
Mahani's three daughters, Siti Hajar Abdul Rahim, 30, a teacher, Siti Nur Ain, 24, and Siti Nur Suhada, 20, were injured.
What's even more tragic is the fact that Suhada was supposed to start her studies at Universiti Kuala Lumpur this Sunday, and her mother Mahani, who is among the dead, had sacrificed her umrah trip to pay for her education.
Suhada, who suffered minor injuries, said the family left Kuantan at around 3am after paying their last respects to a relative who had just passed away.
She said she could not remember anything about the crash.
"Next thing I knew, strangers were carrying me and my relatives out of the car," she said at the hospital.
"My mother had sacrificed her umrah savings to pay for my university tuition fees and was supposed to send me off to university this Sunday," she added between sobs.
Her aunts Rokiah and Jasilah, who was driving the MPV, and Ramlah, died on the spot while her mother and uncle Basiron died while being treated at the hospital.
Siti Nur Ain suffered a broken leg and Siti Hajar sustained severe injuries to her head.
Ledang OCPD Supt Harun Idris said the case would be investigated under Section 41 (1) of the Road Transport Act 1987.