IPOH: Two passengers on board an express bus suffered serious injuries when the vehicle rammed into a cement tanker at the 313.5km mark of the North-South Expressway near Tapah.
Three others, including the bus driver, were also slightly hurt during the 4.20am accident yesterday, said Tapah OCPD Supt Som Sak Din Keliaw.
He said there were 10 passengers in the bus that was travelling from Kedah to Kuala Lumpur.
"A 31-year-old man from Kg Lamdin Mukim Tekai Kiri Naka in Alor Setar suffered severe head injuries while a 46-year-old man from Taman Wira Mas, Kepala Batas in Alor Setar, broke his leg.
"Initial investigations revealed that the bus driver tried to overtake the tanker which was on the left side of the expressway. But he failed to do so and rammed into the back of the tanker.
"Both vehicles were going downhill. The bus was badly damaged at the front," said Supt Som Sak, adding that no arrest had been made.
He said the injured were sent to the Tapah hospital.
The remaining passengers, who were not hurt, continued their journey on another express bus.
The tanker driver was not hurt.