6 teens, ustaz die in bus crash

Six secondary school students and their trip coordinator were killed when a chartered bus skidded and hit a divider before landing on its side on the the Genting slip road about 300m from Karak Highway last night.
The bus, ferrying 44 members of Pusat Belia 4B from Kampung Siong, Baling, Kedah, was on its way back from here when the accident happened at 7.50pm.

At least 17 others others were seriously in jured.

The dead were Form One student Mohammad Amirul Mohd, 13; Form Four students Muhamad Khairy Mo hammad and Mohd Firdaus Rosedi, both 16; Form Five students Mohd Ridzuan Husin, Mohamad Yusoff Akhis and Muhamad Fahmi Mustafa, all 17; and ustaz Mohd Zaidi Mohd Sufian, 28.
At press time, several fire engines and ambulances were at the scene.

Resorts World Berhad security personnel also helped to take the victims to the hospitals.

Federal Territory Fire and Rescue Department assistant director Azizan Ismail said the remaining passengers had minor injuries.

The bus driver, in his 40s, fractured his leg while his assistant escaped unhurt.

Azizan said two passengers were flung out of the bus on impact of the accident.

The bodies of the victims and the injured were taken to the Bentong, Kuala Lumpur and Selayang Hospitals.

Gombak police chief Assistant Commissioner Abdul Rahim Abdullah said the six boys died on the spot while Zaidi succumbed to his injuries on the way to Selayang Hospital.

Police believe faulty brakes caused the accident.

Co-driver Abdul Ghani Ahmad, 56, said he was asleep when the incident happened.

Muhammad Fais Nasharuddin, 18, and Ahmad Iswal Abdul Halim, 15, were in critical condition at Selayang Hospital.

Mohd Shamsuri and Mohd Ajril Azizi Azhari, both also 15; Mohd Akram, Muhammad Syakur Sulaiman and Mo hd Hafifi Yahya, all 19; Mohd Safwan Md Mokhtar, 20; Hafizudin Onan and Mohamad Nazren, both 16; and Faiz Syazwan Azlan and Mohd Azfar, both 18, who had minor injuries received treatment at the same hospital.

Mohd Zairul Hafizad Fadzil, 15, from Kampung Baru Mukim Siong, when met at Kuala Lumpur Hospital, said he and others, including Mohd Zaidi, screamed before the bus skidded and landed on its side.

“It was drizzling when the accident happened and we all were thrown all over the place in the bus.”

Mohd Zairul said his brother, 20, was also injured.

“An ustaz organised the trip and invited youths from several villages to take part. Each of us paid RM50 for the trip.”

He said the group left for the high lands about 11pm on Thursday and reached its destination at 8am.

“It was a whole-day sightseeing pro gramme and we left the place about 7pm for a homestay programme in Kampung Melayu Subang when the accident took place.

”We were supposed to visit the city (Kuala Lumpur) today and go home about at 5pm.”


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