Buses Ferrying Squash Athletes Involved in Accident, Several Injured

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Squash matches suspended after buses ferrying athletes crash.

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Several SEA Games athletes were injured after two buses carrying Myanmar, Thai and Filipino squash players and officials from their hotel in Putrajaya to the competition venue at the KL Sports City were involved in an accident at about 7.50am.

The accident occurred near the Sungai Besi toll plaza as the buses were travelling towards the KESAS highway.

It was reported that a motorcyclist swerved into the path of the bus at the front, forcing the driver to slam on his brakes. The bus travelling behind could not brake in time and rear-ended the first bus.

Some of the Myanmar players suffered minor injuries and all squash matches in the morning were suspended.

“The MASOC Medical Committee is attending to the medical situation; some of the affected athletes/officials are being attended to at the Games Medical Centre (GMC).

“We are relieved to learn that some of the athletes and officials have been cleared to compete by their own team doctor after undergoing medical examination,” Malaysian SEA Games Organising Committee (MASOC) said in a statement.

“An urgent Team Managers meeting is being convened at 2pm to discuss the way forward and agree on a revised competition schedule.

“It is expected that matches that do not involve any affected athlete(s), will proceed, with all Team Managers agreement, starting from 3pm today,” MASOC said.

The matter is now being investigated by the Royal Malaysian Police (RMP) and the Road Transport Department (RTD).