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Two die, seven hurt in bus-trailer crash

KUANTAN, 19 May 2009: Two people were killed while seven were seriously hurt in a crash between a Transnasional bus and a trailer at Km31 Jalan Kuantan-Maran last night.

The dead were identified as trailer driver Khairil Nizam Mohamed, 31, of Kampung Padang Midin, Kuala Terengganu and bus passenger Sabariah Arif, 32, of Felda Purun, Triang.

Pahang traffic police enforcement officer ASP Zainalabidin Othman said the express bus with 21 passengers was travelling from Kuantan to Temerloh when it collided with the trailer at 8.45pm.

The seven hurt were bus driver Mohd Zaladin Ripin, 42, trailer attendant Yusof Hassan, 47, passengers Tuan Suziyzti Tuan Nor, 24, Aulia Hassan Basri, 32, Mohd Johar Yadin, 56, Abdul Rahman Abdullah, 19, and Raja Ahmad Suari Raja Abu Bakar, 40.

The injured passengers were treated at Tengku Ampuan Afzan Hospital, Kuantan.

“The bus was believed to have strayed into the path of the on-coming trailer laden with fertilizer,” said Zainalabidin.

The crash badly damaged the front part of the trailer while the front half of the bus was also damaged.

Public with information on the crash should contact Kuantan traffic investigation officer Insp Lim Beng Thye at 09-5156111. — Bernama

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