Three killed in bus-lorry crash

KUALAIJAYA - Three people died after a double decker express bus they were travelling in collided with a lorry carrying wooden planks at KM45.8 of the North-South Expressway.

Both vehicles were headed for Johor.

Kulaijaya OCPD Supt Zulkefly Yahya said police were still trying to determine the cause of the accident but initial investigations indicated that the bus rammed into the lorry yesterday morning.

"Both vehicles were on the left side of the road when the collision took place and we are still trying to find out if either of the drivers was speeding," he told reporters at the Kulai Hospital here.

He said the bus driver, R. Shashi Kumar, 23, and an Indonesian passenger Edi Setiono, 51, died on the spot while the lorry driver A. Majid Sadar Mohd, 59, died at the Kulai Hospital of a heart attack.

Shashi Kumar suffered injuries from the impact of the collision while Edi, who was seated at the top front of the bus, was pierced by some planks.

Supt Zulkefly said four passengers were seriously injured while 10 others were slightly hurt. There were 22 people aboard the bus.

He said a car was damaged after it hit wooden planks which fell from the lorry onto the highway. The motorist escaped unhurt.

It is learnt that the bus had a co-driver who was asleep at the back of the bus when the accident occurred.

The co-driver, Tamil Selvam, 21, had driven the bus from Penang to Kuala Lumpur, after which Shashi Kumar took over for the trip to Johor Baru. Tamil was among those injured.