1 DEAD, 20 IN­JURED IN NSE BUS CRASH

Pas­sen­ger re­calls mo­ment when bus crashed into di­vider

New Straits Times - - News -

MO­HAMED BASYIR BUT­TER­WORTH news@nst.com.my which was head­ing north for Jitra from Ter­mi­nal Bersepadu Se­la­tan Kuala Lumpur, was fer­ry­ing 27 pas­sen­gers and two driv­ers, all of whom were be­tween 19 and 50.

Push­pa­mala said she and a few other pas­sen­gers tried to re­trieve No­razah but the lat­ter was be­yond their reach.

“No­razah was sand­wiched be­tween the seats.

“We called out to her re­peat­edly but there was no re­sponse. She laid there blood­ied with no move­ment what­so­ever,” said Push­pa­mala when met at Se­berang Jaya Hospi­tal here.

Push­pa­mala said she was awake through­out the fourhour-plus jour­ney, and was aware when the crashed oc­curred.

She said she had a fear of trav­el­ling in the mid­dle of the night, hence she could not sleep through­out the jour­ney.

“The bus driver was driv­ing at ‘nor­mal’ speed.

“The only stop he made was at Sun­gai Bakap for a five-minute toi­let break. About 15 to 20 min­utes later, the bus swerved left and right, be­fore it crashed into a road di­vider and over­turned.”

An­other vic­tim, Ooi Yi Ping, 24, was sit­ting be­hind the driver when the in­ci­dent oc­curred.

Ooi said she was sleep­ing but awoke when she heard the driver shout­ing.

“It hap­pened in a blink of an eye.

“The bus driver lost con­trol of the ve­hi­cle af­ter it swerved.

“Af­ter the col­li­sion, we es­caped through a bro­ken win­dow, and I was rushed with the other vic­tims to the hospi­tal,” Ooi said.

Ooi sus­tained bruises on her right eye.

Ac­cord­ing to a hospi­tal spokesman, 18 of the in­jured were given out­pa­tient treat­ment and dis­charged, while an­other two were ad­mit­ted af­ter sus­tain­ing se­ri­ous bod­ily in­juries.

PIC COURTESY OF FIRE AND RES­CUE DEPART­MENT

The ex­press bus af­ter the ac­ci­dent at Km152 of the North-South Ex­press­way, near the Bukit Tam­bun exit in Nibong Tebal yes­ter­day.

S. Push­pa­mala

No­razah Az­izan

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