Genting tourist van crash: Six passengers in critical condition

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Six passengers in the tourist van accident near Genting Highlands in Bentong yesterday are in critical condition.

Pahang police chief Datuk Seri Ramli Mohamed Yoosuf said five of the women were warded at the intensive care unit of Kuala Lumpur Hospital (HKL) while another was at the Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Hospital in Temerloh.

“The six women are in severe condition. The seventh victim is warded in HKL and her condition has been described as non-critical.

“Seven others, including the van driver and his assistant, died in the accident,” he told reporters at the Pahang police contingent headquarters in Kuantan today.

In the 1.15pm accident yesterday, the tourist van skidded crashed into a road divider at Km4.8 of Jalan Genting Highlands.

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Fourteen people were travelling in the vehicle, including tour van driver Wong Choun Chiet, 49, his assistant, and 12 female passengers aged between 49 and 78 years old.

They were returning to Penang from Genting Highlands when the accident occurred.

Ramli said initial checks revealed the tourist van had a valid permit and did not exceed its seating capacity.

He said although investigations revealed that the accident occurred when the driver lost control of the wheel while negotiating a bend and crashed into a concrete divider, they would continue their probe with the cooperation from other agencies.

“We welcome the Land Public Transport Commission and Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research to look into the crash from a wider scope.”

Meanwhile, Ramli said the identities of two women were mixed up after one of them was carrying the MyKad belonging to the other person.

He said Goh Siew Kim, 61, who was reported dead yesterday was receiving treatment at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital (HKL) while the dead victim had been identified as 83-year-old Wong Ah Moi @ Wong Seh Moi.

He said yesterday, the list of the seven deceased were identified as Chang Them Kong, 70, Wong Choun Chiet, 49, along with five female passengers Foong Ah Lan, 67; Lee Moy, 67; Goh Siew Kim, 61; Ang Meng Hong, 62, and Seow Mee Tin, 72.

“Police performed another round of checks after all the victims’ families arrived at the hospitals to identify their family members involved in the crash. Checks revealed Goh is among the victims who were still receiving treatment at HKL.

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“Another victim identified as Wong Ah Moi @ Wong Seh Moi died in the accident. She was holding the MyKad belonging to Goh,” he said, adding the death toll remained unchanged.