ALOR SETAR: Two 17-year-old boys died after a bridge collapsed in Kedah, Malaysia, on Monday night (Sep 10).
The bodies of the two boys, who were both on a motorcycle when the bridge collapsed, were found under about 30cm of rubble, according to authorities.
A Yamaha motorcycle was also found underneath the rubble.
The fire and rescue department said it was alerted to the incident at 10.27pm and deployed 11 firefighters to the scene, located near the residential area of Taman Serdang, in Bandar Baharu district.
Bandar Baharu police chief Deputy Superintendent Barudin Wariso identified the victims as Muhammad Haikal Hakimi Mohd Noor, who was riding pillion, and the motorcyclist, Mohamad Haziq Ishak.
He said Muhammad Haikal was a student while Mohamad Haziq was a shop assistant.
The boys were found at 12.15am and 12.30am on Tuesday, and were both pronounced dead by paramedics at the scene. Their bodies were taken to the Bandar Baharu police station for identification by family members before they were taken to Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital for a post-mortem.
Serdang Fire and Rescue Station chief Mohd Faiz Helmi, who led the operation, said the boys were found near each other with the motorcycle on top of their legs.
He said it took time to extricate the victims as they were buried under earth and tar from the collapsed bridge.
“We had to remove the objects and rubble first,” he said.