TERKINI - 27 Meninggal Dunia di Simpang Pulai

27 Thai Tourists, One Malaysian Killed In Tour Bus Accident On Cameron Highlands Road

IPOH, Dec 20 (Bernama) -- Twenty-seven Thai tourists and a Malaysian were killed in a tour bus accident at Km15 of the Cameron Highlands-Simpang Pulai Road Monday.

Twenty-two people died on the spot, four on the way to hospital and two at the Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital here following the accident at 11.40 am.

Perak Deputy Chief Police Officer Datuk Zakaria Yusof said preliminary investigation indicated that the driver lost control of the bus and it hit the road divider, crashed onto the opposite lane and overturned on a ditch.

He told reporters at the scene that the police and Fire & Rescue personnel were summoned at about noon and deployed about 100 people for the rescue operation.

He said the identities and gender of the dead had yet to be determined.

A hospital source said the dead Malaysian was believed to be the driver or co-driver.

A Tourism Malaysia source said 44 Thai tourists had joined the package tour to Cameron Highlands in a double-decker bus, bearing registration number AFX 2266, belonging to San Express Holiday which is registered in Perak and operates out of Changloon, Kedah.

Zakaria said the bus was heading to Kuala Lumpur from Cameron Highlands, and it was believed that the tourists were to have flown to Bangkok from Kuala Lumpur.

San Express Holiday managing director Sor Eng Hock, who is in Bangkok on business, said when contacted: "I am very sad ... I am shocked."

He said he would have to come back to the country to find out what exactly happened.

The bus company was registered in 2007 and its six buses had never been involved in major accidents, he said.

Replying to a question, Sor said he would have to discuss some form of compensation for the victims.


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