BATU GAJAH, Perak State, Malaysia, Malaysian Police have confirmed two people, including the driver of a double decker express bus were killed, and 12 others injured, in an accident involving the vehicle on the Ipoh-Lumut Higway, near Batu Gajah Perdana, about 35 kilometres from here, early today.

Batu Gajah District deputy police chief, Supt Tan Boon Hooi, said, the two victims, identified as driver Mohamad Azizul Che Aziz, 30, and Munzirah Jalaludin, 20, a final year student of UiTM Seri Iskandar, were killed at the scene, in the 5.00 am incident.

Initial investigations reveal that the accident was believed to have occurred when the bus driver failed to control the speeding bus, which rammed into the road divider, he said, when met at the Batu Gajah Hospital.

He said, 12 other passengers also sustained injuries, with two seriously injured victims sent to the Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital in Ipoh, for further treatment while the rest were taken to the Batu Gajah Hospital.

The incident occurred when the express bus, carrying 38 passengers, mostly UiTM Seri Iskandar students, were travelling from Kota Bharu, Kelantan to Lumut, before it hit a road divider at Km 12.5 of the Ipoh-Lumut Highway.

Meanwhile one of the injured passengers, Mohammad Syamim Zikri Mat Zaki, 18, said, he was shocked to find big stones inside the bus and realised his right hand was broken when he tried to move it.

I am grateful to members of the public for helping me to get out of the bus, because I was unable to do anything, said the first year student of UiTM Seri Iskandar.

He said most of the passengers were asleep during the incident.

Source: NAM News Network