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4 Marathon Participants Injured, Hit By Secretariat Vehicle

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KUANTAN – Four participants of the Run Out Pahang 2018 programme here were injured yesterday after being hit by its secretariat vehicle which was monitoring the race particpants.

Kuantan District Police chief ACP Mohamad Noor Yusof Ali said the incident occurred at 8.25 am near the Al-Imam Ash-Shafie mosque, Kota SAS here.

The injured participants were Ahmad Fakhri Sulaiman, 31, Chua Yennie, 21, Haslinda Othman, 41, and Nurul Huda Ahmad Razali, 33.

Ahmad Fakhri and Chua who participated in the 21km category and Haslinda, a participant in the 10km category received treatment at the Universiti Islam Antarabangsa (UIA) Hospital while Nurul Huda was sent to the Tengku Ampuan Afzan Hosptial (HTAA) here.

“The accident was believed to have occurred after the driver who was monitoring the participants from Bukit Istana to Kota SAS tried to slow down the vehicle to give direction to the participants existing from a route to re-enter the designated route.

“However the 28-year-old driver lost control of the vehicle, causing it to enter the race route and hit the participants who were heading to the finishing location about 250 metres away,” he told a media conference here today.

Mohamad Noor said the case was investigated under Section 43(1) of the Road Transport Act 1987 and the driver involved was brought to the Kuantan Police District headquarters for urine tests.

He also confirmed the run programme organised by a Kuala Lumpur based company with five years experience in such programmes, had approval to organise it from the Kuantan Municipal Council and Sports Commissioner. – BERNAMA


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