Yesterday (27th July, Wednsday) a driver of a tour bus was killed while 25 passengers, all Chinese tourists, survived after the bus they were travelling in skidded and overturned at KM17.2 Jalan Genting Highlands – Kuala Lumpur (westbound).
Bentong District police chief Superintendent Mohamad Mansor Mohd said the incident occurred at the first checkpoint while going down the highlands just after 7pm.
The 66-year-old driver was believed to have lost control of the vehicle while descending from Genting Highlands. He was trapped in the driver’s seat and died on the spot, according to Genting Highlands Fire and Rescue Department senior officer II Engku Fadzir Man.
The department received a distress call at 7:19pm before deploying 7 personnel in a fire engine to the scene.
“Fire personnel took about five minutes to remove the victim by using hydraulic rescue equipment,” he said, adding that the victim’s body was sent to the Bentong Hospital.
Engku Fadzir also said that the 15 passengers who were injured, 3 of whom were in critical condition, have been sent to the Kuala Lumpur Hospital for treatment. 10 others who were taken back to their hotel.
In other news, on 26th July (Tuesday), 28 people including tourists from France, New Zealand, Canada, Germany, and Mexico escaped death when the tour bus they were in skidded at KM19, Jalan Keramat Pulai in Cameron Highlands. A 49-year-old local woman and 21 foreign tourists suffered minor injuries and were sent to the Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital for treatment.