Saturday, December 4, 2010

Three die in horrific Federal Highway accident

KUALA LUMPUR: Three men died after a car and a pick-up truck rammed into a pedestrian at KM28.4 of the Federal Highway near the Sungai Way interchange heading to Kuala Lumpur early this morning.

In the 1.10am incident, a man, who was trying to cross the expressway, was hit by a car before being rammed by another vehicle.

Taxi driver Muhamad Buang Jaafar, 60, said he was sending his passengers to Klang from Kuala Lumpur.

"From afar, I saw a speeding Perodua Viva and a man at the road divider's steel railing trying to cross the expressway. The car hit the pedestrian, flinging him to the middle of the right lane."

The man was then rammed by a white Toyota Hilux pick-up truck driving behind the Perodua Viva. He died instantly.

Another witness, Saifuldullah Abdullah, 25, who was travelling to Petaling Jaya, said the pick-up truck driver tried to avoid hitting the pedestrian. After it slammed into the man, the driver lost control of the vehicle, which swerved several times before flipping over.

"There were five men inside the vehicle but two of them were thrown out," said Saifuldullah.

Selangor Traffic and Public Order chief Supt Che Hussein Che Omar said the dead were identified as Muhammad Yurusyahmi Mohd Yusob, 21 from Baling, Kedah, and Htet Lwin Zaw, 29, from Myanmar, who were thrown out of the pick-up truck. Both were advertising board installers.

The pedestrian was identified as Dong Siang Sin, a Myanmar national in his 30s. He worked for a private firm nearby.

Meanwhile, three others were injured, including the driver of the pick-up truck, Thomson Meldy Gondipar, 23, from Sabah, and his passengers Suzemcy Soimin, 22, also from Sabah and a Myanmar national, Kyaw Kyaw Lin, 30. All were taken to University Malaya Medical Centre.

The Perodua Viva driver escaped unhurt.

The accident caused a massive traffic jam for two hours.-MMail

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