BENTONG – The gaiety of a Singaporean family holidaying in Genting Highlands
switched to pain and suffering when the double-decker tour bus they were travelling
in, skidded and rammed into a road-divider at 31.3km KL-Karak Highway near Bukit
Tinggi this yesterday evening.
In the 4.17pm crash, a man and his daughter sustained serious head and body
injuries while his wife and son, identified only as Naven, 19, sustained mild
Naven, a fireman by profession, said his father and sister would be warded
at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital while his mother was injured in the hand and leg.
Speaking at the Bentong Hospital’s emergency department here tonight, he
said the crash occurred about 30 minutes after the family had boarded the bus to
return to their island republic home.
“I was sleeping at that time when I heard the bus ram into the road divider
before overturning,” he added.
Meanwhile, Gombak police chief, ACP Ali Ahmad said the crash occurred during
dry weather, adding the bus was not even speeding.
A Bernama visit to the scene of the crash at 9.30pm found the bus had been
moved to the emergency lane.
Nevertheless, traffic was reduced to a snail’s pace for about 15km from
Bukit Tinggi to the Gombak toll plaza.
In the incident, the tour bus ferrying 12 Singaporean tourists was returning
from the Genting Highlands resort area when it skidded, hit a road-divider and
overturned, blocking all main lanes.
The injured victims were taken to four hospitals, namely Kuala Lumpur
Hospital, Sungai Buloh Hospital, Bentong Hospital and Selayang Hospital. – Bernama