Singaporean woman dies in bus accident en route to Genting: Reports

Singaporean woman dies in bus accident en route to Genting: Reports

Seremban bus accident
Malaysian rescuers trying to free the bus driver after an accident in Seremban on Dec 7, 2018. (Photo: Bernama)

SINGAPORE: A Singaporean woman died on Friday (Dec 7) after the bus she was in met with an accident en route to Malaysia's Genting Highlands, Malaysian media reported.

Ms Serina Mat Idris, 27, died at the scene of the accident after she was thrown out from the upper deck of the bus, according to a report on Utusan Online. 

A Bernama report said the bus had hit the back of a lorry at around 11.50am while travelling along a highway in Seremban in Negeri Sembilan. 

The bus was unable to stop in time to avoid the lorry that had stalled in the third lane, said Seremban police chief ACP Thiew Hock Poh. 

"The bus hit the rear of the lorry and the impact of the crash caused the 27-year-old Singaporean victim to be thrown out of the bus, while the lorry veered to the right shoulder of the road," he said in a statement. “The front part of the bus was severely damaged."

The bus belongs to coach company Transtar Travel, which told Channel NewsAsia it has no comment and that the accident was under investigation.

Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed that a Singaporean had died in a bus accident along the Seremban Highway.

"We are saddened by the death," said the ministry. "The Singapore High Commission in Kuala Lumpur is in touch with the family and extending consular assistance."

Seremban bus accident
The lorry that was hit by the bus in the accident in Seremban, Malaysia on Dec 7, 2018. (Photo: Bernama)

Five other people, including the bus driver and one person in the lorry, were injured in the accident. They were taken to Tuanku Jaafar Hospital in Seremban. 

Ms Serina's body was also taken to the hospital for a post-mortem.

Rescuers found the 44-year-old bus driver trapped in his seat and took about 10 minutes to free him, State Fire and Rescue Department director Norazam Khamis said. 

Fifteen other bus passengers and the lorry driver escaped without injuries, he added.

Source: CNA/hs/na(cy)