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COLLISION HORROR: Three buses carrying Wanita Umno members returning from National Stadium involved
LENGGONG: A COUPLE were killed and 17 others injured when a bus with a group of Wanita Umno delegates returning from the party's 66th anniversary celebrations at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil was involved in a collision with a lorry at Km45.2 Jalan Kuala Kangsar-Grik yesterday.
Grik district police chief Superintendent Abdul Manab Bahrum said in the 6am incident, lorry driver Ong Khian Hock, 51, and his wife Loh Weng Chan, 46, from Taman Pengkalan Makmur, Taiping, died at the scene.
He said three people were seriously injured, including bus driver Azmi Abdul Rahman, 48, who suffered a broken collarbone.
"The other two were passengers, Fadilah Mahmud, 43, and Norliza Che Moh, 40. They were sent to Kuala Kangsar Hospital."
He said of the 38 bus passengers, 14 sustained light injuries and were given outpatient treatment.
One of the victims, Jamaliah Kassim, 54, from Taman Puncak Nilam here, said she could not stop screaming when she realised she was trapped in the wreckage.
"Everyone was panicking and there was smoke inside the bus.
"Some women tried to escape by climbing out through the windows. Others broke the windows to get out. I was suffocating, but I managed to crawl out. Luckily, the bus did not catch fire."
She said she was thankful that she only sustained cuts on the arms and knees.
Another victim, Robaayah Daud, 55, said she was jolted from deep sleep when the accident happened.
"I felt a stinging pain on my head and face, and realised there were shards of glass on my head. Blood was trickling down my face."
Robaayah said she was seated near the front of the bus.
Meanwhile, in Seremban, a Wanita Umno member was killed and 77 other party members were injured in an accident involving two buses and a trailer lorry, near the Port Dickson south-bound exit of the North-South Expressway yesterday.
In the 3am incident, a bus carrying 40 Puteri Umno members from Kuala Berang, Terengganu, which was heading to Malacca, crashed into the rear of the lorry and another bus.
The second bus, which was carrying 44 Umno members, then knocked into the earlier one.
The Umno members had also attended the party's anniversary bash at the National Stadium on Friday.
Negri Sembilan traffic police chief Assistant Superintendent Abd Halil Hamzah said all the injured were taken to Tuanku Ja'afar Hospital.
Hospital director Dr Jaafar Che Mat said one of them, Roha Dol, 79, from Batu Pahat, died at 5.40am.
He said the others were given outpatient treatment.