SUNGAI BULOH, Aug 8 — A 1km-long stretch of the North-South highway heading south claimed four lives in two ghastly accidents that took place 45 minutes apart on Saturday night.
The first accident at 8.30pm at KM47.7 saw undergraduate Rashdeep Singh, 21, and uncles Daljit Singh and his younger brother, Ranjit Singh, both in their 40s, trapped in their car which burst into flames after being hit twice from behind by an express bus.
In the second crash at 9.15pm at KM448.6, motorcyclist Mohd Fauzi Eshak, 32, was run over by a trailer after he rammed his two-wheeler into a car on the emergency lane.
Sungai Buloh police chief Supt Abdul Aziz Awang Darus said that in the first crash, the driver of the bus and 15 passengers escaped by prying open the emergency door and jumping out as flames engulfed the vehicle.
He said the car was in the slow lane when the bus rear-ended it causing it to swerve into the middle lane where it was hit for the second time by the bus which had switched lane.
“The bus driver, who was speeding, tried to avoid further damage to the car by moving to the middle lane. However, he hit the car again causing both vehicles to burst into flames,” he said.
The car is believed to have been wedged under the bus, trapping the occupants.
Abdul Aziz said the bus driver had been detained to help in investigations.
On the second accident, he said it occurred after Mohd Fauzi rode his motorycle into a car that was stopping on the emergency lane after a tyre punctured.
The motorcyclist was thrown into the middle lane where he was run over by the trailer.
He said the stretch where the accidents occurred was accident-prone.
A visit by Malay Mail to the scene revealed the stretch had no street lights.
The accidents caused a traffic jam rendering the stretch impasssable for four hours.
The bodies of the victims were sent to Sungai Buloh Hospital for post-mortem.