IPOH, May 19 — Three Myanmar national were killed while seven others were seriously injured when the driver of an SUV lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a highway divider.
The accident took place 8.10am at KM190.6 of the North South Expressway (NSE) near Kerian.
The impact of the crash caused the three victims to be thrown out from the vehicle. They were pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.
State traffic police chief Superintendent Zakaria Abd Rahman said the SUV that was travelling from Alor Pongsu towards Bukit Merah was ferrying 15 people excluding the driver.
“The injured victims have been admitted to Taiping Hospital for treatment while the remains of the deceased had been sent to Parit Buntar Hospital for post mortem,” he said in a statement here today.
Four others suffered minor injuries.
Initial investigations showed all the victims were Myanmar nationals.
“They do not have identification papers,” said Zakaria, adding that police have detained four people.
Efforts are underway to locate the driver who has since escaped from the scene.
The case is being investigated under Section 41 (1) of the Road Transport Act 1987 for causing death by careless driving.