JOHOR BARU (Malaysia): Three members of a family and a van driver were killed in a horrific crash between a car, a van and a chemical tanker yesterday morning at Km22 of the Pasir Gudang highway here.
In the 9.30am incident which involved nine victims, Abdul Razak Mustapha, 25, sister, Muhaini, 22, and nephew Adib Rafiqi Adni, five, who travelled together in a Proton Wira were killed on the spot.
The van driver K. Kucheran, 47, died on the operating table at Sultan Ismail Hospital. All were believed to have died from severe head and body injuries.
The injured were Abdul Razak's brother Ulul Azmi, 18, sister Ruziah, 35, and her other son, three-year-old Adib Raqli.
They were on their way to Muar to attend a wedding. Two of Kucheran's colleagues in the van with him, S. Kumara and K. Surash, who are in their 40s, also sustained injuries.
Seri Alam district police chief Superintendent Roslan Zainuddin said the tanker driver, who was in his 30s, was currently being held under Section 41(1) of the Road Transport Act 1987 for alleged reckless driving.
Roslan said the incident was believed to have taken place after the tanker driver, who was on his way from Johor Baru to Pasir Gudang, lost control of his vehicle and skidded into the opposite lane before crashing into the car and van.
He said it was also believed that the tanker had rammed into the van first before it hit the Proton Wira.
The dead and the injured were rushed to Sultan Ismail Hospital here, except for Adib Raqli who was admitted to Sultanah Aminah Hospital's intensive care unit.
Roslan urged those who witnessed the incident to contact the Seri Alam traffic police headquarters at 07-3861422 to assist in police investigations.
At the hospital, Ulul Azmi, whose right arm was fractured, said he was sleeping, and woke up suddenly when his brother, Razak was screaming about a tanker approaching.
"I was jolted by my brother's scream and saw that we were fast approaching the tanker, which had already hit a van.
"My brother immediately braked but the car did not stop. The tyres were screeching and the car was swerving violently, before ramming into the lorry's left side."
His father, Mustapha Rasul, 60, said they were supposed to meet in Kulai before travelling to Muar.