Everything We Know So Far About The Multi-Vehicle Crash In Jempol That Killed 8 People
Yesterday, 11 June, in an accident involving four vehicles at KM25 Jalan Bahau-Keratong in Jempol, eight people were killed, including a family of six who were burnt to death inside their Proton Exora
Below are the facts about the crash that we know so far.
The accident occurred at about 2.20pm, Sunday. It involved a trailer, a Perodua Myvi car, a Proton Exora and a Toyota Vios.
How did the accident happen?
The accident occurred when the trailer, whose driver attempted to overtake a motorcycle, veered into an oncoming lane with an oncoming Myvi car.
Following which, the Myvi, whose driver tried to avoid hitting the trailer, veered into the left side of the road and collided with the Toyota Vios which was coming from Keratong.
Meanwhile, a Proton Exora, which was behind the trailer and did not manage to stop in time, crashed right into the trailer and burst into flames.
The driver of the trailer and Toyota Vios escaped unhurt
There were two people inside Perodua Myvi, who were thrown out of the car and died at the scene. Their bodies were sent to Jempol Hospital, according to Jempol district police chief Superintendent Noorzainy Mohd Noor.
"Another six victims were passengers from the Proton Exora which burst into flames after it rammed into the trailer," Noorzainy was quoted as saying by NST.
The accident was so intense that the Proton Exora was completely crushed under the trailer, which caused difficulties for firemen in extracting the bodies of the victims from the wreckage
Have the people who were killed been identified?
Yes, all eight people who were killed in the accident have been identified.
Six of them were family members. They were Wan Mohd Fauzi Wan Ibrahim, 52, and his wife Mas Noraida M Yusoff, 45; and their children Wan Muhamad Iskandar, 22;
Wan Nor Athirah, 18: Wan Mohamad Amar Haziq, 13: and Wan Nor Alisha, 7.
The two others who died in the incident were the driver of the Perodua car, Osman Mohamed Taip, 31, and his wife Rosniza Othman, whose age was not ascertained.
The trailer driver, aged 44, who is from Triang, has been detained
According to Supt Noorzainy, the trailer did not have any outstanding traffic summonses. He said that the 22-wheeler trailer was laden with palm oil and was heading towards Bahau.
Meanwhile, Initial urine tests on the driver came back negative for drug abuse.
The 44-year-old driver has been remanded for four days to facilitate the investigations.
The family of six will be buried in a single grave
According to Azmi Hamzah, who is Wan Mohd Fauzi's brother-in-law, said the remains would be buried at the Jelawat cemetery as soon as they arrive from Jempol.
"The family is making the preparations for the burial. We will first perform a 'solat jenazah' at a nearby mosque before bringing the remains to the cemetery," the brother-in-law was quoted as saying by NST.