Four die after stopping by roadside for chat

Above: the scene of the accident where the lorry hit the motorcyle the family was riding on.

A family, including their two-year-old son, was killed last Friday after a lorry rammed into the motorcycle they were riding on near Tampin in Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia.

A friend of the family was also killed.

Mr H. Duraiswami, 34; his wife A. Meena, 37, and two-year-old Kugan had gone to a Hindu temple in town, reported Malaysia’s The Star newspaper

They had stopped to talk to a family friend on their way home when the tragedy struck.

According to family members at the Tampin Hospital mortuary, Mr Duraiswami had stopped his motorcycle on a side of the road to talk to his friend, Mr Shanmugam, 60, at about 7.30pm.

Two killed instantly

Tampin police spokesman, Superintendent Wooi Kooi Cheang, said preliminary investigations showed that the lorry had ploughed into the four, killing Ms Meena and Kugan instantly.

Mr Shanmugam was rushed to the Tampin Hospital, but died shortly after.

Mr Duraiswami, who suffered massive head and bodily injuries, was rushed to the Tuanku Ja’afar Hospital in Seremban, but died several hours later.

Mr Wooi said preliminary investigations revealed that Mr Duraiswami was about to get on the main road from the road shoulder when his motorcycle was hit by the lorry.

He said the 31-year-old lorry driver has been detained to assist in investigations.

Mr Duraiswami’s sister, Ms Mageswary, 36, said her brother and his family had just moved to Taman Repah Baru near Tampin three months ago from Sabak Bernam in Selangor.

Said Ms Mageswary: “He moved here to help me look after our mother who had suffered a stroke.

“He also told me he would help me look after my mother-in-law who has been in poor health due to old age,” adding that both women lived with her.

This article was first published in The New Paper.

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