Genting Bus Tragedy, Again

"Two people were killed and 17 others seriously injured when the express bus they were in plunged into a 20m-deep ravine yesterday. The bus, owned by Genting Bhd, was heading from Genting Highlands to the city with 41 passengers. The accident took place at 6.30pm at Km25.5 of the Karak Highway." - The Star, June 4th 2008

I am not at all surprised this happened, again, for God knows how many times. I've been on these Genting buses several times and each time I vow not to hop into one again but what else can I do? They're the most convenient mode of transport to Genting. The last I was on the red Genting bus via Putra LRT Station in Gombak, it was driven like a 2-seater sports car. I don't know what the driver was thinking to a point he was racing with another red Genting bus. Doesn't he think of his passengers at all? If this is the way they're driving, no seat belts installed on expresses buses would assure a safe journey for passengers. Perhaps the drivers would think that since there are seat belts now, he can drive fasterlah!


Dua Maut Bas Masuk Gaung

(Kosmo! 04 June 2008)


ANGGOTA pasukan bomba dan penyelamat memeriksa bas persiaran yang terbabas dan terhumban ke dalam gaung di Kilometer 25.5 Lebuh raya Karak semalam.

KUALA LUMPUR - Dua maut, 17 cedera parah sementara enam hilang apabila bas yang dinaiki 41 penumpang dari pusat peranginan Genting Highlands terbabas dan terhumban ke gaung sedalam 20 meter di Kilometer 25.5 Lebuh raya Karak di sini petang semalam.

Seramai 16 penumpang yang lain cuma mengalami cedera ringan termasuk pemandunya dalam kejadian pukul 6.30 petang itu.

Mangsa yang terkorban berusia 40-an yang dipercayai baru kembali dari Genting Highlands untuk bercuti.

Ketua Trafik Daerah Gombak, Deputi Supritendan Rafiq Mohamed Mustafa memberitahu, siasatan awal tidak menolak kemungkinan bas berkenaan dipercayai hilang kawalan kerana jalan licin akibat hujan lebat.

Bas berkenaan yang membawa 41 penumpang itu sedang dalam perjalanan dari Genting Highlands menuju ke Hentian Puduraya.

"Dua penumpang yang terbunuh adalah seorang lelaki, Lim Chai Tee, 61, dan seorang perempuan yang belum dikenali, kedua-duanya tersepit dan meninggal dunia di tempat kejadian akibat cedera parah.

"Mayat mangsa lelaki berjaya dibawa keluar pukul 6.45 petang manakala mayat mangsa perempuan pula pada pukul 8.10 malam," katanya kepada pemberita di tempat kejadian.


MAYAT dua mangsa yang terbunuh dalam kemalangan tersebut.


Tambahnya, kawasan tersebut adalah dalam zon kemalangan dan pada 30 Mei lalu, berlaku kemalangan maut melibatkan treler enam kilometer dari tempat kejadian.

Sementara itu, Pengarah Jabatan Kesihatan Selangor, Rosnah Hadis berkata, seramai 16 penumpang dihantar ke Hospital Selayang manakala seorang penumpang lelaki dihantar ke Hospital Sungai Buloh.

Mangsa yang terkorban dihantar ke Hospital Kuala Lumpur bersama mangsa yang mengalami cedera ringan.

Sekurang-kurangnya 20 buah ambulans digunakan untuk mengangkat mangsa yang cedera dan yang terakhir dikeluarkan pukul 8 malam.

Sementara itu, seorang daripada penumpang, Ng Kien Wai, 20-an mendakwa, ketika kejadian bas tersebut dipandu laju ketika hujan lebat sebelum dia terdengar bunyi dentuman.

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2 comments:

Shah said...

So sad when things like this keep happening over and over again. A lot of cheap talk about safety measures for a few weeks then everyone forgets again until the next time it happens. Sad....

Kal-El said...

True Shah, I couldn't agree more...

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