Four technicians killed in van-bus collision near Kuala Nerus

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KUALA NERUS: Four technicians were killed when the van they were travelling in collided head-on with an express bus at Kampung Sungai Ikan, here, yesterday evening.

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Kuala Nerus Fire and Rescue station chief Azmi Omar said the collision occurred at 6.22pm when the van, which was on its way to Kuala Terengganu from Setiu, failed to overtake a Proton Wira and hit the oncoming bus in the opposite lane.

The incident also caused the Wira to crash into a Proton Persona travelling in the same direction.

The victims identified so far are Syed Mohd Shukri Tuan Yahya, 36; Muhammad Saufi Jusoh, 34; Mohd Shahlan, 37, while the van driver has yet to be identified.

“When we arrived at the scene of the incident, we found that bystanders had removed one of the van’s occupants, while three others who were killed were still in the van.

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“Also, the driver of the Wira and a passenger of the Persona, were injured, while the 13 passengers and driver of the express bus, which was headed to Jertih from Termerloh, Pahang, escaped unscathed,” he told reporters at the crash site.

Azmi said 18 personnel from the Kuala Nerus and Kuala Terengganu Fire and Rescue stations along with three fire engines were involved in the operation which ended at 9.20pm.

The remains of the victims were sent to the Forensics Department of Sultanah Nur Zahirah Hospital in Kuala Terengganu for further action, he added.-BERNAMA