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KUALA LUMPUR – Saved by a prayer. A plan by a group of senior citizens to visit
religious sites in Rawang and Serendah near here was dashed when a tour bus they
were travelling in, skidded, crashed and fell on its side here yesterday.

The bus was ferrying 44 passengers from Ampang to Puchong when the incident
occurred about 9am at the 5.6km Kuala Lumpur-Seremban Highway here yesterday.

Several of the injured passengers aged between 50 and 70 sustained broken
hands, legs and hips.

One of the passengers, Florence Tan, 65, said she was shocked beyond words
when the driver lost control of the vehicle, seconds before the impact.

“After the bus fell on its side, the passengers and I climbed out of the
wrecked bus via the front broken windscreen and the rear of the bus.

“I sustained a minor neck injury but several of my friends sustained more
serious injuries like broken limbs and hips,” she told Bernama here today.

Tan, a frequent traveller from Kampung Chempaka in Petaling Jaya, said she
boarded the bus in Kelana Jaya at 7.15am to join the tour group which was
organised by a travel agency.

“This was supposed to be a day trip for sightseeing and the plan was to go
to several worship sites in Rawang and Serendah by noon,” she said, adding that
she would never forget the accident.

On bus driver K. Gopalan, she said he had observed the speed limit but it
was the wet road condition that might have caused the crash.

Meanwhile, Gopalan, 42, said he lost control of the bus due to the slippery
road.

“I’ve been driving tour buses for the past 24 years but this was the first
time I met with an accident. I cannot believe how it (the crash) could have
happened,” he said.

A check by Bernama at the scene of the crash revealed that several
passengers had broken arms, limbs and pelvic bones.

Kuala Lumpur Traffic Investigation and Legal staff officer DSP Shafie Daud
said initial investigations revealed the slippery road might have caused the
driver to lose control of the vehicle.

“(After the crash) The bus veered to the opposite direction before falling
on its side at the left side of the road,” he said, adding that the bus and its
tyres were in good condition.

Shafie said 37 passengers were sent to the Kuala Lumpur, Serdang and
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia hospitals. Gopalan and the tour guide escaped
unhurt.

Seven other passengers who did not sustain injury returned home.
— BERNAMA

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