Update: 37 dead in Genting bus crash

PETALING JAYA: Thirty-seven people were killed in the country's worst road tragedy, after a bus carrying 53 plunged into a 30m ravine near Genting Highlands around 3pm Wednesday.

The dead included 24 males and 13 females. Sixteen people were injured in the incident.

According to Fire and Rescue Department deputy director-general Datuk Soiman Jahid, the dead included the driver of the bus.

It is believed that the bus driver had lost control of the bus, which then rammed a divider before plunging down the gorge.

The accident occurred at KM36 of the Genting-Kuala Lumpur road, some two kilometres from the Chin Swee Caves Temple, as the bus carrying 49 passengers was coming down from Genting Highlands and heading towards Kuala Lumpur.

Meanwhile, Pahang Sultan Ahmad Shah and Bentong MP Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai are at the scene and were briefed by authorities.

Conditions there have deteriorated with rain and mist.

Earlier, rescuers worked frantically to reach people trapped in the bus. Some 30 policemen and nine ambulances were at the scene.

Traffic in the area was at a standstill as police ensured rescue vehicles could reach the scene of the accident.

Bentong OCPD Supt Mansor Mohd Noor confirmed the incident to The Star but could not give further details.

"I can confirm that there were passengers on the bus but how many there were I don't know yet.

"Authorities as en route to the site now," he said.