GEORGETOWN – Nine people sustained serious injuries, including two critically, when a bus carrying 45 factory workers crashed into a flyover at Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu highway near the Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah bridge here today.
The 6 am incident caused all the 45 passengers, who were Indonesians, and the driver to be trapped inside the bus with the roof ripped off.
Two of the critically injured workers and the remaining injured ones are now being treated at the Penang Hospital.
Penang Hospital director Dr Sukumar Mahesan said all the 46 individuals were injured and the first victim was sent to the hospital’s Emergency and Trauma department at 7 am.
“Two are critically injured, another seven seriously injuried while 37 others sustained light injuries and are also warded,” he said in a statement here.
Earlier Bayan Baru Fire and Rescue chief Rohizad Yusof said the department took less than 30 minutes to extricate all the trapped victims before sending them to the hospital.
He said initial investigations revealed that the brakes were malfunctioning which caused the driver to divert off the main route for 150 metres before crashing into the flyover that was under construction.
The impact of the crash was believed to have caused the roof of the bus to be ripped off, he said.
Meanwhile bus driver, D. Ashogan, 49, who only sustained light injuries, said he was forced to stop the bus after he realised the brake system was not functioning when he reached the traffic light intersection.
“At that time, I should have turned to the right towards the factory but the brakes were not working and I was forced to enter the closed road area and asked all the passengers to lower their heads the moment I saw the flyover,” he said when met at the Penang Hospital. – BERNAMA