Malaysia bus crash kills 26, mainly Thai tourists
KUALA LUMPUR: A double-decker bus carrying Thai tourists overturned on a Malaysian highway Monday, killing 26 people on their way back from a resort in the country's worst road accident in years.
The tourists were heading to Kuala Lumpur after a weekend trip to the popular Cameron Highlands holiday destination in central Malaysia when their bus spun out of control and crashed into a protective barrier Monday morning, a district police official said.
The bus then flipped over and landed beside a rocky slope, he said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to make public statements. The accident may have been caused by speeding or brake failure, the official said.
Rescuers recovered 22 bodies, while another four people died on the way to a hospital, he said. About a dozen other passengers were injured.
Media photographs of the site showed the wrecked bus in a shallow ditch, with its tires and passengers' belongings scattered around. -Ap