TAPAH: Police confirmed that only two people, and not four as reported earlier, died in the accident involving eight vehicles at Km 317 of the North-South Expressway near Tapah Thursday night.

Tapah Police District chief Supt Wan Azharuddin Wan Ismail said the accident, which occurred at 11.15 pm involved four lorries, a Mitsubishi Pajero, a Perodua Axia, a Perodua Myvi and a Honda Accord and two trailer lories.

He said the dead had been identified as Salwati Yaakob, 28, who was the front passenger of the Perodua Myvi, and five-year-old Beh Xiu Zhung, who was seated in the back of the Pajero.

“Both of them died at the scene. Three other people were injured, while eight others escaped unhurt,” he said in a statement here today.

Azman Syah Gusti carries the remains of his wife Salwati Yaakob, who was involved in the crash, at Tapah Hospital. -NSTP/Effendy Rashid

Wan Azharuddin said the accident was believed to have occurred when a one of the lorries heading to Kuala Lumpur skidded and crashed into the rear of the ​​​​​​​Perodua Axia and the other vehicles in front of it.

The 41-year-old lorry driver has been detained for further investigation under Section 41 (1) of the Road Transport Act 1987. -- Bernama

The vehicles involved in the crash in Tapah are brought to Tapah district police station. -NSTP/Effendy Rashid.