Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 September 2014

12 killed in Malaysia bus accident

Malaysian firefighters check the wreckage of a bus and several vehicles after an accident that killed 12 people and injuring at least 35 others

A bus crashed through a barrier in southern Malaysia and rammed into several vehicles, killing 12 people and injuring at least 35 others, police said.

The Delima Express bus skidded and hit the rear of a van before crashing through the barrier onto the other side of the road in southern Negeri Sembilan state, a district police spokesman said.

It then collided with another bus and three other vehicles coming from the opposite direction, said the spokesman.

The dead included three Burma nationals, and the rest were Malaysians, including the Delima Express driver, the official said.

At least 35 others were taken to hospital, including six who suffered critical injuries, he said. No further details were immediately available.

The Star daily newspaper quoted several bus passengers who said the Delima Express was speeding before the crash.

"I felt the bus spinning, and before I knew it, we had already crashed through the guardrail and onto the path of oncoming traffic," Nur Najlaa Aqilah Mohamad Ghazali, a 19-year-old bus passenger who suffered light injury, told the paper.

Malaysia has a high-quality road system with a speed limit of 70 miles per hour, but speeding and unsafe driving are common.

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