MORE PICS & Video – Malaysia Worst Bus Crash; 20 Perished, 2 Critical – Km229 N-S Expressway; Driver killed with 13 Summons & 2 Warrants of Arrest
20 Die, Nine Injured In Express Bus Crash
ABOVE: The location is near Bukit Gantang, where the hills are alive with durians. At press time, 19 people who were on board the northbound express bus are reported dead while 10 others are injured, three of them critically. BELOW: Those familiar, the roads down the hills are windings an needs constant alert.
A police spokesman said the ill-fated bus was travelling from Melaka to Butterworth when it skidded while descending a hill, and crashed into a railing on the left of the road before plunging into a five-metre deep drain (BELOW).
TAIPING, Aug 13 (Bernama) -- Twenty people were killed and nine others injured in what is regarded as the country's worst express bus crash, which occurred at Km 229 of the North-South Expressway in Bukit Gantang near here today. The bus, with a driver and co-driver and 27 passengers travelling from Melaka to Butterworth in Penang, was said to have been going down an incline of the highway at about 4.30 am when it crashed through the railing on the side of the road and plunged into a ditch five metres below. The driver of the bus, Rohizan Abu Bakar, 38, was among the dead.
He was from Taman Seri Petaling in Kulim, Kedah. Also killed was an Indonesian national, H. Abu Bakar, who was from
Taiping police chief ACP Raja Musa Raja Razak told reporters that of the dead, only 11, all male, have been identified so far. The nine others, seven of whom are female, have yet to be identified because identification papers were strewn about at the scene of the accident, he said. Besides the bus driver and the Indonesian national, the others who died at the scene of the accident have been identified as T. Krishnan, 46, of Taman Haji Muslim in Kuala Ketil, Kedah; Fadliz Ahmad, 22, of Jalan Penaga, Taman Maju in Jasin, Melaka; Josli Arshad, 22, of Jalan Dang Merdu in Jembatan Duyong, Melaka;
ABOVE & BELOW: In the early hours of Monday morning, before the body bags were available, the bodies were laid on the roadside
Nazri Noordin, 35, of Desa Baiduri in Bandar Baru Ayer Itam, Penang; Pang Tee Min, 58, of Jalan Ong Kim Wee, Melaka; Mohd Yazid Md Yusoh, 23, of Jalan Koklam Air Utama of Phase 4, Taman Maju in Jasin, Melaka; Md Basri of Kampung Pulai Darat in Merlimau, Melaka; and Kamis Said, 62, of Batu 22 1/2 Pasir Gembor, Tanjung Bidara in Masjid Tanah, Melaka.
One passenger, Shahril Efendi, 22, of Alor Star, died at
The two Vietnamese nationals have also been sent to
ABOVE: FATAL TRIP… Fire and Rescue personnel assisted by policemen loading up the 19 dead bodies onto a truck, in what is believed to be one of the country's worst traffic accidents
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ABOVE: Some of the belongings were gathered for collection and BELOW: What is left of th the twisted metal rail
Raja Musa said the high death toll resulted from the body of the bus being badly smashed and the roof ripped off, which caused several of the passengers to be flung out and others to be trapped in what remained of the vehicle. He said Fire and Rescue personnel who rushed to the scene removed some of the injured passengers, administered first aid and sent them to Taiping Hospital, about 20 km from the scene of the accident. They had to use a crane to winch up the wreckage to remove the trapped bodies, he said.
Taiping Fire Station Officer Mazlan Zainal said it took the fire and rescue personnel about three hours to remove the bodies from the bus. Mazlan said fire and rescue personnel from the Taiping and Kuala Kangsar stations arrived at the scene at . He said the injured were sent to
PLUS, the toll expressway operator, closed the left lane of the highway to facilitate the rescue operation. "This is the worst accident in the nation's history," Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy told reporters after going to the scene of the accident and calling at
In November 2003, fourteen people were killed and 28 others injured when two buses collided along Jalan Kuala Lipis-Merapoh in Pahang. Chan said a preliminary investigation indicated human negligence to be the cause of the acciden
ABOVE: That Transport Minster will make his appearance after an accident and this worst one would give him many nightmares. Calls have been make for him to step down. It is a standard response from him, "a thorough investigation would be carry out" and "it be made public?" His promise on the 3 LRT reports to be made public is still outstanding! And BELOW: He was at the hospital to shed some tears and comfort to the surviving one. And what happened to his INSTITUTE ROAD SAFETY - he sat up after going overseas with much fanfare; was it RM20 million?
Perhaps the ONLY way he can contribute to road safety in the country is to lead a team of Taoist and exorcise all the hot dirty spirit spots in the country roads . The spirits are looking for replacements! All his talk, directive and MIROS are an exercise in futility as there are NO accidents and you just cannot prevent accidents when there is Murphy's Law - which simply states that when something is going to happen, it will happen one of these days.
"A thorough investigation has begun, involving all departments and agencies, such as the police, Fire and Rescue Department and JPJ (Road Transport Department)," he said. He also said that a probe would be conducted to determine the state of fitness of the driver, looking into such aspects as fatigue, drowsiness and use of drugs.
It would also take into consideration the structure of the bus and the design of the road, he added. Chan said the ill-fated bus was registered in 1987 and was owned by Syarikat Kenderaan Bukit Gantang Sdn Bhd of Taiping. "The bus has been in use for 20 years. It was last inspected in May and received the approval of Puspakom (the computerised vehicle inspection centre)," he said. Chan said the bus had left Melaka at about yesterday and had already covered about 400 kilometres. The wreckage of the vehicle has been towed to the Taiping district police station. "The bus had a driver and a co-driver. We will find out whether a change of drivers was made in keeping with the regulation requiring a switch after two hours of driving," he said. Chan said he had informed Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi of the accident. "The prime minister has ordered immediate measures to be taken to enhance road safety in the country," he added
Bus Has 19 Summonses, Driver 13 Summonses And Two Arrest Warrants
TAIPING, Aug 13 (Bernama) -- The "Super Ekspres" bus that was involved in the worst crash in the country's history at Km 229 of the North-South Expressway in Bukit Gantang near here today, has been issued 19 summonses since 1991. The driver, Rohizan Abu Bakar, 38, who was among 20 people who died in the crash, had 13 summonses and two arrest warrants in his name for various traffic offences, Taiping OCPD ACP Raja Musa Raja Razak told reporters at his office. He said the bus, belonging to Taiping-based Syarikat Kenderaan Bukit Gantang Sdn Bhd, was registered in 1987 and passed Puspakom inspection in May. The bus, travelling from Melaka to Butterworth in Penang, was said to have been going down an incline of the highway at about 4.30 am when it crashed through the railing on the side of the road and plunged into a ditch five metres below. The freak accident should serve as a reminder to all drivers to be careful especially when driving at night, Raja Musa said. "Driving at night affects our focus if we are tired and there is very little traffic on the road. In today's incident, there was a slight incline but no tyre marks," he said. The cause of the crash was still under investigation, Raja Musa said.
Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy had said that based on preliminary investigations, the crash was probably due to human negligence. The crash scene was in Bukit Berapit, about 2 km from the Bukit Gantang rest and service area. It is quite well known for having a train tunnel under the highway and a federal road next to it.Raja Musa said fire and rescue personnel and ambulances from Taiping, Kuala Kangsar and
No Damaged Road At Bus Accident Site, Says Samy
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 13 (Bernama) -- The tragedy that killed 20 people including an express bus driver at Kilometre 229 of the North-South Expressway near Bukit Gantang, Taiping early today has nothing to do with any road defect near the accident site, said Works Minister Datuk Seri S.Samy Vellu. He said that based on the report that he received, the road alignment at the area concerned had a good surface with a gradient profile of about three per cent, and it was a straight road. "I had sent officers and engineers to investigate the problem on the road at the accident site and based on the report received at today, the situation there was good," he told reporters after presenting awards and scholarships from the All Malaysian Malayalee Association Foundation (AMMA) to outstanding students, here today. He said that the observation of the Malaysian Highway Authority (MHA) at the site of the tragedy showed there were no tyre marks to indicate that the bus had used its brakes on the road and it was suspected that the bus was speeding before crashing through the guardrail and plunging into the outlet culvert before landing on a boulder.
The minister said that the report also stated that the weather condition at the time was good. He said that the site of the accident was also not categorised as an accident-prone area based on the structure of the road which was straight. "I believe that the (bus) driver was possibly sleepy and had fallen asleep when he was at the wheel. That's all, nothing else," he said.
Samy Vellu said he would discuss several measures with Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy in efforts to reduce fatal accidents involving express bus drivers especially those travelling between and . In the incident near Taiping early this morning, 20 people were killed while nine others were injured in the worst express bus accident in the country's history. The bus, which was travelling from Melaka to Butterworth, was reported to be going downhill before it skidded and crashed through the guardrail on the left side of the road and plunged into a five-metre culvert at about . The ill-fated express bus belonged to Syarikat Kenderaan Bukit Gantang Sdn Bhd from Taiping.
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Today's Bus Crash Worst In Nation's History
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 13 (Bernama) -- The express bus crash in Perak early today is the worst in the nation's history in terms of casualties suffered in road accidents involving buses. "This is the worst (bus) accident in the nation's history," Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy told reporters after going to the scene of the accident and calling at
Twenty people were killed and nine others injured in the accident at Km 229 of the North-South Expressway in Bukit Gantang near Taiping at 4.30am when the express bus with a driver and co-driver and 27 passengers, travelling north from Melaka to Butterworth in Penang, crashed through the railing on the side of the road while going down an incline and plunged into a ditch five metres below.
The biggest number of casualties in a bus accident before today's crash occurred on
Following are some of the past accidents involving buses, in declining order of casualties:
Thirteen passengers, two of them children, were killed when a bus skidded and overturned at the 7th mile of Jalan Pengkalan Hulu-Baling in Kedah on
Eleven people were killed and 35 others were injured when a tour bus crashed into a ditch at Km160.8 of the North-South Expressway near Jawi in Nibong Tebal,
Six passengers died and 20 others were critically injured when an express bus veered into a ravine at Km254 of the North-South Expressway near the Sungai Perak rest and recreation area in Perak on March 9 this year.
Three employees of the Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) of
Two women passengers died and 23 other people were injured after an express bus skidded and crashed into a 30-metre ravine at Km251 of the North-South Expressway near the Senawang exit of the highway near Seremban, Negeri Sembilan on
Two leaders of the Maran Umno Division in Pahang were killed and 18 other people were injured when a bus carrying Umno members was involved in a collision with a lorry trailer at Km89.7 on the northbound lane of the North-South Expressway in Sungai Petani, Kedah, on March 2 this year. The bus was one of a convoy of five.
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August 13, 2007
CVLB Slams Brake On Super Express
The directive had been sent to the company's office in Alor Star by fax at ," he told Bernama here today. "All 38 buses owned by the company are prohibited from operating until investigation into the crash is completed. This means that not a single bus is allowed to be on the road," he added. He said CVLB would not hesitate take stern action against the owner for ignoring the directive."CVLB does not want to hear about road accidents involving this bus company after this," he added. Describing the crash as the worst for express buses, Markiman said stern action would be taken including revoking the operating licence if it was found that the bus was in poor condition. He said a special team would be sent to Alor Star to examine all the company buses from the technical and maintenance aspects.
"We want to ensure that all the buses are properly maintained. Bus operators must not take maintenance lightly as it involve the lives of passengers," he added.= = == =Almost a year ago, that area was in the news
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