A total of three women, both of whom were senior citizens, were killed after the multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) they were in crashed into a lorry at Ladang Cenas, Bandar Tenggara yesterday (Aug 28).
The victims were identified as Toh Poh Kian, 56, Soon Moh Tan and Wong Lan Yew, both 61. Two of them were Singaporeans while one was a Malaysian holding a Singapore permanent residence status, reported The Star.
3 women die after MPV crashes into lorry
Bandar Tenggara fire station operations commander Senior Fire Officer II Mohd Norul Fazudin Shafie said in a statement that a report was lodged about the accident at 1.52pm.
Six firefighters, who were assisted by a Fire Rescue Tender (FRT), immediately rushed to the scene.
“Upon arrival, checks revealed that the accident involved a Honda Freed MPV with a Roll On Roll Off (RORO) lorry. All of the passengers were declared dead at the scene.
“However, the 59-year-old MPV driver and 49-year-old driver survived the accident without any injuries,” he said as quoted by Malay Mail.
MPV tried to overtake lorry
Meanwhile, Kota Tinggi district police chief Superintendent Hussin Zamora said investigations found that the MPV was travelling from Kluang to Bandar Tenggara while the lorry was heading towards Kluang from Bandar Tenggara.
“The incident occurred when the MPV tried to overtake the lorry in front of it but failed to wanted to avoid the lorry coming from the opposite direction, leading to a head-on collision.
“The victims’ families have already identified their bodies and it will be handed over to police for further action,” he said.
Hussin said the case is being investigated under Section 41(1) of the Road Transport Act for reckless driving.