Malaysia bus crash kills 26, mainly Thai tourists

The Pak Banker - - 6international -

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

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