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3-VEHICLE TRAGEDY: JMF team escorting Tengku Mahkota of Johor involved in accident

SEREMBAN: A DRAFTMAN was killed,  while two members of the Johor Military Force (JMF)  who were escorting Tengku Mahkota of Johor,   Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim, were injured in an accident at Km267.9 of the North-South expressway on Wednesday.

In the 7.50pm incident, the deceased, Hishamuddin Abdullah, 43, who was riding a motorcycle, suffered severe head injuries and died on the spot.

A police spokesman said Hishamuddin was heading home in Seremban 2 from his office in Petaling Jaya when he was involved in the accident, which involved one of the vehicles carrying Tunku Ismail's escort guards and a trailer lorry.

"Preliminary investigations revealed that the driver of a Toyota Hilux, which was carrying five of Tunku Ismail's guards, had lost control of the vehicle before it crashed into the right side of the lorry.

"The driver of the Hilux, Mohd Sabri Sabar, 26, and front passenger Zaini Mohd Gahob, 33, were badly injured.

"The other three passengers escaped with minor injuries," he said when contacted yesterday.

"We believe that Hishamuddin was in the emergency lane.

"He was trying to avoid the accident.

"After that, he lost control of the motorcycle, which then skidded and crashed into a drain."

The guards were rushed to Tuanku Jaafar Hospital for treatment. The body was sent to the same hospital for post-mortem.

A JMF spokesman said its members were in nine vehicles on their way to Johor Baru.

This was after they had escorted Tunku Ismail for a meeting with the Pahang Sultan at Istana Pahang.

When contacted, traffic police chief Assistant Superintendent Abdul Halil Hamzah confirmed the report, but refused to comment.

The accident caused a massive traffic jam which spanned 6km on the highway.

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