Two killed in tour bus crash at LPT2

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DUNGUN: Two people were killed after the tour bus they were travelling in crashed on the East Coast Highway 2 (LPT 2) near Ajil, Bukit Besi here.

The bus, carrying 30 passengers, was believed to have gone out of control before it veered into the opposite lane at KM375, reported Bernama.

The Terengganu Fire and Rescue Department said they received a distress call at 5.16am yesterday.

District police chief Supt Baharuddin Abdullah said the first victim, who died at the scene, has been identified as Tan Poh Hwa, 42, a manager at a Honda factory. Her body was taken to Dungun Hospital for a post-mortem.

Deadly crash: Firemen checking the bus at the accident site on KM375 of the East Coast Highway 2. — Bernama
Deadly crash: Firemen checking the bus at the accident site on KM375 of the East Coast Highway 2. — Bernama
The second victim, Choo Chia Tan, 44, sustained severe injuries to his chest and died while receiving treatment at the Dungun Hospital Emergency Unit.

“Preliminary investigations found that the bus carrying 30 passengers was heading from Tampin, Negri Sembilan, to Jeti Taman Tamadun Islam, Kuala Terengganu, to go to Pulau Redang.

“The accident is believed to have occurred after the bus lost control, skidded to the right, and hit the guard rail before entering the opposite lane,” he said when contacted.

Supt Baharuddin said the other injured victims had been taken to Hulu Terengganu Hospital and Dungun Hospital.

In addition, urine and blood samples from the 26-year-old bus driver would be taken for screening, he said.

“At the time of the incident, the weather was good, the road was dry, but it was still dark,” he added.

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