Monday July 30, 2012
Four friends killed in crash
By SIMON KHOO
KUANTAN: Four friends on the way back to Terengganu died when their car collided with a lorry.
Three of them driver Mohd Shahidan Shaari, 26, Mohd Shahafiz Othman, 22, and Muhammad Taufik Abd Rahman, 20 died on the spot at KM18 of the Kuantan bypass road at about 11.15pm on Saturday.
Ahmad Nazrin Hafizi Abdul Latif, 19, died of severe injuries at the Tengku Ampuan Afzan Hospital's intensive care unit at about 6am, said Pahang traffic administrative enforcement officer Asst Supt Zainal Abidin Othman.
Another passenger, identified as Wan Samsiah Wan Abdul Ghani, 16, is still in critical condition.
ASP Zainal Abidin said the five friends had come here for an outing over the weekend and were on their way back to Dungun when tragedy struck.
Initial investigations showed that their car had rammed head-on into a lorry laden with iron ore coming out from a junction, he said.
“Another car hit them from behind,” he said, adding that three of them were pinned in their seats and died instantly.
The other two victims were rushed to the hospital in an ambulance.
ASP Zainal Abidin said lorry driver Abdul Razak Mehat, 43, and the driver of the other car escaped unhurt.
Meanwhile in Bentong, a couple were killed when their motorcycle skidded and hit an on-coming car at KM7.5 of the Karak-Kuala Pilah road near Sri Telemong on Saturday.
Mechanic P. Kiru, 21, and B. Anita, 27, died on the spot while their son K. Thirumugilan, three, has been warded at the Sultan Ahmad Shah Hospital in Temerloh with serious injuries.