KL-Johor bus crash: Driver was speeding, cops say

PHOTO: The Star/ANN

MUAR, Johor - The driver of the express bus that crashed at KM137.2 near Muar on the North South Expressway started work with the company about a month ago.

Unfortunately, Zakeer Zubir, 32, brought along his baby daughter and wife on the bus, which was travelling from Johor Baru to Kuala Lumpur early Saturday, without the knowledge of the bus firm Goldstar (M) Sdn Bhd.

Zakeer and the baby were killed along with 12 others at the scene after the bus skidded, rammed into a concrete tunnel and plunged into a ravine at about 4am.

Another victim was pronounced dead while receiving treatment at Sultanah Fatimah Specialist Hospital in Muar.

14 on KL-Johor bus die in Christmas Eve crash

  • Burial of Nur Hazimah Binte Mustafa, 21, together with her mother Faridah Binte Tamron (not in picture), 63.
  • More than 100 relatives of three Singaporean women who died gathered at the Choa Chu Kang Muslim cemetery.
  • About 70 of their relatives, including Madam Faridah's son and another daughter, gathered under a scorching sun at around 1pm.
  • Top to bottom: Hamimah Binte Mammu, Faridah Binte Tamron, Nur Hazimah Binte Mustafa.
  • Sons and relatives of Mdm Hamimah Binte Mammu praying after burial.
  • Sons and relatives of Mdm Hamimah Binte Mammu praying after burial.
  • Three schoolmates of Nur Hazimah Binte Mustafa who were there to pray for their departed friend.
  • 13 people including the bus driver were killed and 17 others injured when the express bus they were travelling in skidded and plunged off a 6.09m cliff in Muar, Johor on Dec 24, 2016.
  • Another victim was pronounced dead while receiving treatment at Sultanah Fatimah Specialist Hospital (HPSF) in Muar.
  • The incident took place at Kampung Jayo, Jalan Kangkar-Senangah, Pagoh near Muar at around 4am.
  • Johor Fire and Rescue Department deputy director Mohd Yusof Mohd Gunnos said the bus was heading to Kuala Lumpur from Johor Baru.
  • He said 25 firemen from the Muar, Bukit Gambit and Yong Peng stations were deployed to the location after receiving the distress call at around 4am.
  • Mohd Yusof said initial investigation showed that the road surface was in good condition and it was not raining when the incident happened.
  • Family members of the victims at the Forensic Unit of Sultanah Fatimah Specialist Hospital in Muar.
  • Family members of the bus accident victims waiting outside the ward of Sultanah Fatimah Specialist hospital in Muar at 8.51pm on Dec 24 2016.
  • The list of the dead victims at the Forensic Unit of Sultanah Fatimah Specialist hospital in Muar.
  • The list of the dead victims at the Forensic Unit of Sultanah Fatimah Specialist hospital in Muar.
  • The bodies of the bus driver and his child being loaded into the hearse.
  • The bodies of the bus driver and his child being loaded into the hearse.
  • Businessman Yusof Sabda, 54, cousin of Singaporean victim Ms Hamimah Mammu.
  • Mr Steven Chong, 52, a representative of the Goldstar Exprese bus company. He said his company would help the families with the costs of bringing back the body, as well as insurance claims, but could not yet confirm whether it would be providing any other compensation to the families.
  • Body of Ms Au Poi Kiew being loaded onto the hearse.
  • Relatives of Ms Au Poi Kiew loading her body onto the hearse.
  • Muhd Haikal Bin Syed, (right, walking out) 23, NSF, and Muhd Shamir Bin Syed, (wiping eye) 21, ITE student, both sons of Ms Hamimah Mammu after looking at the body of their mother.
  • Mr Yusof, cousin of Ms Hamimah Mammu, waving at the hearse after the body of Ms Hamimah was loaded onto it.
  • Relatives of Ms Hamimah Mammu hugging after the body was loaded onto the hearse.
  • Entrance of Sultanah Fatimah Specialist Hospital in Muar.

Police confirmed that the bus was travelling at high speed during the crash.

Goldstar chief supervisor for the southern region, Steven Chong, said the driver had started work for about a month.

He said the driver, from Bayan Lepas, Penang, brought along his wife and baby girl to work without the company's knowledge or consent.

He said the girl, Nur Natasya Zahara, died in the accident while the driver's wife, believed to be Indonesian, survived.

"We are still gathering information about the victims and contacting their families," Chong said when met at the Sultanah Fatimah Specialist Hospital.

Police have not released the identities of the victims.

Among the injured were seven local men, five Singaporean men, two Myanmar men, a Singaporean woman and an unidentified woman.