A husband and wife were charred to death after their Toyota Vios caught fire in an accident at KM 105 of the North-South expressway near Yong Peng, Batu Pahat at 11.25am. Pix by Arifin Salleh

BATU PAHAT: A husband and wife were burnt to death after their Toyota Vios caught fire in an accident at KM 105 of the North-South expressway near Yong Peng, here at 11.25am today.

Sudharshan Vijaya Renga and his wife Anuja Nirumal Kumar, both 32 and from Selangor were killed in the accident after their vehicle caught fire when a lorry crashed into the rear of the car as it was coming out of the Yong Peng lay-by area.

Batu Pahat district police chief Assistant Commissioner Din Ahmad said the Toyota Vios had suddenly stopped when it was leaving the lay-by area.

He said a lorry was approaching fast from behind the car and had crashed into the Toyota Vios' rear.

The impact caused the car to be pushed to the middle of the expressway, and it burst into flames.

"The lorry driver could not stop his vehicle in time and crashed into the rear of the Toyota Vios. The impact caused the car to burst into flames," said Din.

He said both victims were believed to have been trapped in the vehicle.

Both of the victims remains were sent to the Sultanah Nora Ismail hospital, Batu Pahat for post mortem.

The case is being investigated under Section 4(1) of th Road Transport Act 1987 for causing death by reckless driving.