MELAKA: Police have identified the six people killed and one injured in the three-vehicle collision on the Alor Gajah-Melaka-Jasin Expressway (AMJ) in Alor Gajah, on Friday night.
The accident occurred when a Mitsubishi Triton, heading from Melaka to Simpang Ampat, skidded into the opposite lane and crashed head-on with an Isuzu D-Max and a trailer lorry.
All five people in the D-Max were killed. They were identified as the driver, Azahar Ahmad, 57; his sister, Habibah Ahmad, 62; his wife, Halimahtun Aris Padzil, 24; and his two daughters, Alia Azahar, 17, and Alisa Azahar, 15.
The sixth person killed was Triton driver Wang Chow Kuang, 51.
Wang’s daughter, Wang Yi Tong, 21, was seriously injured and is being treated at the Melaka Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
The lorry driver escaped unhurt.
“The bodies were taken to the Melaka Hospital for post-mortems, while the case is being investigated under Section 41(1) of the Road Transport Act 1987,” Alor Gajah district police chief Superintendent A. Asmadi Abdul Aziz said in a statement, today.
According to Bernama, a relative of the deceased family, who wanted only to be known as Azri, said the remains of Azahar and Habibah will be buried at the Kampung Brisu Islamic cemetery in Simpang Ampat.
The bodies of Alia and Alisa, meanwhile, will be laid to rest at the Yong Peng Islamic cemetery in Johor.
The remains of Halimahtun, however, will be transported to Kampung Changkat Tin, Perak for burial, Azri added.
The next-of-kin of Wang, who was met at the hospital’s Forensic Unit, said that his body will be conveyed to his hometown of Machap Umboo in Alor Gajah.