CRASH TOLL MOUNTS: Most occurred along highways
KANGAR: A 16-year-old student was killed on the spot while two of his friends were seriously injured when the motorcycles they were riding crashed into a herd of cows, near here, early yesterday.
The accident occurred at 2.30am on the Kuala Perlis-Changlun Highway, near Ulu Pauh, about 20km from here.
The deceased was identified as Muhammad Arsyad Mohamad Zahir, a Form Four student of SMK Padang Besar Utara, while the injured were Norazam Che Azizul, 20, and Amir Sabirin Ahmad, 21.
Arau district police chief Superintendent Mohd Nadzri Hussain said Norazam and Amir Sabirin were warded at Hospital Tuanku Fauziah (HTF) here.
The three youths were with a group of friends who were heading to a nasi kandar shop in Changlun to have supper when the accident occurred.
Mohamad Zahir Kadir, 39, when met at the HTF mortuary, said that his son, Arsyad, hardly went out at night.
"I didn't know that he was going out. If I had known he was going out for supper, I wouldn't have allowed him."
In another accident, a 19-year-old youth was killed when the car he was driving was involved in an accident with a Thailand- registered pick-up truck.
The accident occurred at 1.50am yesterday at Km13.4 Jalan Kampung Darat-Guar Jentik, near Padang Besar.
Mohd Azrizal Abd Aziz, from Kaki Bukit, was heading home from Alor Star when his car was involved in the collision.
Padang Besar district police chief Superintendent Che Man Md Dros said that following the collision, the car rammed into a tree.
He said the driver of the lorry, Mohd Hazli Abdul Rahim, 19, and his passenger, Rafidah Rashid, 21, sustained serious head injuries and were warded at HTF. He said firemen took about an hour to extricate the body of Azrizal from the badly wrecked car.
In Ipoh, two people were killed and five people injured in three accidents along the North-South Expressway yesterday and the day before.
In the first incident at Km185.5 of the expressway, near Alor Pongsu, on Wednesday evening, a man was killed while three others were injured when their vehicle crashed and landed inside a drain.
The deceased was identified as K. Dorasingam, 66, from Kamunting, Taiping.
Kerian district police chief Superintendent Mat Fauzi Nayan said the car was driven by Dorasingam's son.
Firemen took 30 minutes to remove the other three victims who were trapped inside the vehicle.
Just past midnight yesterday, at Km210, a trailer lorry crashed and landed in a drain. The driver sustained injuries to his legs when he was pinned in his seat for more than hour before he was rescued by firemen.
In the third incident at 6.30am, a production operator died on the spot while her husband was injured when the car they were travelling in crashed into the road divider at Km230 of the NSE near Taiping.
Taiping police chief Assistant Commissioner Yusof Mohd Diah said the couple, Mashitah Ahmad Ridzuan, 29, and Rodzi Harun, 30, who were heading north, were believed to have lost control of their vehicle.