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KUANTAN – A port worker was crushed to death when a large tree became uprooted and fell during a storm in the Kuantan Port area this evening.

Pahang Fire and Rescue Department public relations officer Anuar Hassan said Ab Aziz Jusoh, 54, died on the spot in the 5.30pm incident.

“The victim riding a Modenas Kriss motorcycle was passing the area and could not avoid the falling tree. However, two men in a Produa Viva car survived the incident,” he said when contacted here today.

Meanwhile, Kuantan district police chief ACP Abdul Aziz Salleh confirmed the incident and said they were still waiting for the full report on what happened.

The victim’s body was sent to Tengku Ampuan Afzan Hospital here. – BERNAMA

PUTRAJAYA – Road users are advised to practice a good attitude and to be responsible when driving their vehicles as this can assist the government’s efforts to reduce the high accident rate during festive seasons.

Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation (MCPF) senior vice-chairman, Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said the good attitude include obeying the law, and refraining from doing anything that would distract them or other road users.

“In addition to obeying the law, the drivers need to plan their trips well. They should avoid traffic congestion and should take a break if they feel tired or sleepy,” he said in a statement, here today.

Lee, who is also Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS) chairman said road users could refrain from reading messages on smartphones since they could lose focus while driving.

“Many road users are still unaware that fiddling with their smartphones while driving can cause accidents.”

Lee said Malaysians should try hard to reduce the road accidents and not be part of the statistics of Op Selamat I(Operation Safety) this festive season.

“It is impossible for us to achieve zero road accidents but we can lower the number of accidents every year if the level of awareness and commitment of road users can be improved.”

“Operations and law enforcement are conducted not to inconvenience road users but should be viewed positively as an effort to educate about road safety among the people.”

Op Selamat 11 lasting 15 days is from June 18 to July 2. – BERNAMA

SEREMBAN – The Public Works Department (PWD) will study the need to upgrade the Bahau-Keratong road, Jempol after receiving the report on the statistics of accidents there.

Its director-general Datuk Seri Dr Roslan Md Taha said the Road Specialist Division at the PWD headquarters was looking into the matter.

“We are getting the report on the statistics of accidents there from the police. If the study finds that the road needs to be widened, then further action will be taken. All these have not been decided yet.

“I hope that by next Wednesday, we will know the action that is being proposed. I admit there are some parts of the road that need to be upgraded,” he told Bernama here today.

He was asked to comment on whether there was a need to upgrade the road, said to be narrow and undulating, in the light of last Sunday’s four-vehicle accident which killed eight people.

In the accident at 2.20 pm, the six in a family who died while travelling in a Proton Exora car were the driver Wan Mohd Fauzi Wan Mohd Ibrahim, 52, his wife Masnoraida M Yussof, 44, and their four children – Wan Muhammad Muhaimmin, 21, Wan Athira, 18, Wan Mohd Ammar Haziq, 13, and Wan Nur Aiesya, 7.

Two others who died were the driver and passenger of a Perodua Myvi, Osman Mohamed Taip and his wife Rosniza Othman, while their son, Muhammad Alif Thaqif Osman, 3, suffered injuries and is being treated at Tuanku Ampuan Najihah Hospital in Kuala Pilah.

Roslan said many motorists ignored the speed limit of 90 km per hour along the road.

“There are motorists who drive fast, beyond the speed limit,” he said. – BERNAMA

JEMPOL – The driver of a trailer involved in an accident which claimed eight lives at KM25 of the Bahau-Keratong road yesterday is being remanded for four days from today.

Jempol district police chief, Supt Noorzainy Mohd Noor said the 44-year-old man was remanded to facilitate the investigation.

Speaking to reporters outside the Jempol Hospital mortuary here, he said the trailer and three cars involved in the accident would be sent to Puspakom soon to find out the cause of the accident.

The three cars were a Perodua Myvi, a Toyota Vios and a Proton Exora which got stuck under the trailer, causing six people to burn to death. – BERNAMA

JEMPOL (Negeri Sembilan) – Teenager Wan Muhammad Hazim Wan Mohd Fauzi of Putrajaya is trying hard to get over the shock of having lost his parents and four siblings in a road accident here yesterday.

The 19-year-old second of five siblings, who was at the Jempol Hospital mortuary to claim the bodies, said the police informed him of the accident at about 6 pm at the family home in Putrajaya.

“The policeman only said that my father was involved in an accident, but didn’t tell me about the fate of the other five family members. I only found out about the rest when I heard the news a little later.

He said he would now harbour a regret that he could no longer fulfill the wishes of his parents to own a Honda car.

Eight people were killed in the accident involving four vehicles at Km25 of Jalan Bahau-Keratong at 2.20 pm, including Wan Muhammad Hazim’s parents – Wan Mohd Fauzi Wan Ibrahim, 51, and Mas Noraida M Yusoff, 45, – and his siblings Wan Muhammad Muhaimmin, 21, Wan Nor Athira, 18, Wan Muhamad Amar Haziq, 13, and Wan Nur Aiesya, seven. They were travelling in a Proton Exora MPV.

The crash, which occurred at 2.20 pm, also involved a trailer, a Perodua Myvi car and a Toyota Vios car.

The two others who died in the incident were the driver of the Perodua Myvi car, Osman Mohamed Taip, 31, and his wife Rosniza Othman, while the couple’s son, whose identity has yet to be verified, was injured and was sent to the Kuala Pilah Hospital.

Wan Muhamad Hazim said his father had twice invited him to join the family to send his sister Wan Nor Athira to the Kuantan Vocational College in Pahang. However, he declined as he had to work.

He said the bodies would be taken to Jelawat and Pasir Mas, Kelantan, for burial.

Meanwhile, Mas Noraida’s sister Massuhailayante M Yusoff, 43, said she last met her elder sibling on Friday.

“We had all taken leave for a week to care for our mother in Kelantan,” she said.

Massuhailayante said she only learned of the tragic news at 9.45 pm yesterday.

“However, we have not informed our mother about it yet,” she said. – BERNAMA

IPOH – A senior police officer died after the car he was driving skidded at Kilometer 283.3 of the North-South Expressway, southbound, after the South Ipoh Toll Plaza, here early this morning.

In the incident at about 4.45 am, DSP Madon Budin, 59, who was the head of the Ipoh Police District Headquarters (IPD) Management Division, died at the scene of the accident due to severe injury.

Deputy Head of the Perak Contingent Police Headquarters Traffic Investigation and Enforcement Department, DSP Mohd Mahiri Hussin said the victim, who was driving a Toyota Vios, had hit an object that was believed to be the rear of a lorry when arriving at the location of the accident.

“As a result, the victim’s vehicle lost control before skidding to the left side of the road and Madon was confirmed to have died at the scene of the accident,” he said when contacted here.

The victim’s body was sent to the Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital for autopsy and the case was being investigated under Section 41 (1) of the Road Transport Act 1987.

It is learnt that the lorry that was believed to have been hit was not at the location after the incident. – BERNAMA

IPOH – Motorists travelling north along the North-South Expressway were caught in an eight-hour traffic crawl caused by an overturned trailer near Tapah.

In the 6.30am incident yesterday, the trailer transporting wooden pallets spun of control near the 324.2km and came to an abrupt halt in the middle of the highway.

Tapah OCPD Supt Som Sak Din Keliaw said the 27-year-old driver from Taman Selayang Segar, Batu Caves, lost control of his vehicle which skidded to the left side of the expressway.

“He rammed into the barrier before the vehicle overturned on the right lane of the expressway,” he said.

“The accident caused an eight-hour jam before the trailer was finally removed from the site at about 2.30pm.”

Police recorded the driver’s statement and carried out a urine test.

The case will be investigated under Section 43(1) of the Road Transport Act for careless and inconsiderate driving. – The Star Online

TAPAH – An accident involving a car and an MPV at kilometre 318, North-South Expressway early this morning left one victim dead and three others injured.

Tapah Fire and Rescue Operation chief Zulkafli Hamad said the incident happened around 3.30am. A rescue team went to the scene following a distress call at 3.46am.

However the driver of the Proton Saga BLM, who was trapped in the car was already dead as confirmed by an emergency medical team, he said.

He said the body of the 23-year-old man was handed to police for further action.

“Initial investigations found that the Proton had grazed against the Naza Ria before turning turtle while the MPV skidded towards the side of the road,” he said when contacted here.

Zulkafli said the driver and passengers in the MPV who sustained injuries were sent to Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital. – BERNAMA

KEMAMAN – A woman and her three-year-old son were killed when the car they were travelling in skidded at Kilometre 264 of the East Coast Highway 2 (LPT2) here today.

In the 1.15pm incident, Fatimah Al-Zahrah Zainol Abidin, 32, and Al Fateh Mohd Shahrulnizam died at the scene after suffering severe injuries.

Terengganu Traffic Enforcement and Investigation Department (JSPT) chief Abdul Razak Hassan said the woman’s husband Mohd Shahrulnizam Alias, 32, suffered minor injuries, while another child, Al Faris, 6, fractured his left leg.

The couple and their two children were on their way to Damansara, Selangor, from Kuala Terengganu , when Mohd Shahrulnizam, who was driving a Proton Saga BLM, lost control of the vehicle before crashing into a road barrier, he said.

“The bodies were sent to Kemaman Hospital Forensic Unit for post-mortem while the injured were treated at the same hospital,” he said when contacted by Bernama here today.- BERNAMA

KOTA TINGGI – An unemployed man was killed while two Form Two students were seriously injured in an accident involving two motorcycles at the Kampung Tembioh main road, here yesterday.

Ibrahim Edin, 39, who lived in Kampung Tembioh, died an hour after receiving treatment at the Kota Tinggi Hospital.

The two students of Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Laksamana, Mohamad Zamri Abdul Razak, 14, from Jalan Wayang, here and his friend, Muhammad Khuzaieriey Abdullah, 14, from Kampung Tembioh sustained serious injuries and were in a coma.

Kota Tinggi District Police Chief, Supt Rahmat Othman said the accident occurred at about 1.30 pm.

He said the accident occurred when Ibrahim, who was riding a Honda EX5 from Kampung Tembioh heading towards Kota Tinggi town, was believed to be involved in a collision with a Yamaha 135LC motorcycle ridden by the two students coming from the oppositie direction.

“At 2.30 pm, Ibrahim was confirmed to have died while receiving treatment at the Kota Tinggi Hospital while the two students are still in a critical condition and referred to the Sultan Ismail Hospital, Johor Bahru,” he said. – BERNAMA