Man Burnt in Car After It Skidded in Tapah

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An accident that left a trail of destruction with a car split into two and both vehicles involved bursting into flames.

A man was found burnt when his car caught fire after it crashed into a road divider and was hit by another car at KM 321.6 of the North-South Expressway near the Tapah exit early today.

Tapah district police chief Supt Som Sak Din Keliaw identified the victim as Lim Chin Teck, 26, from Taiping, who was at the wheel of a Proton Iswara.

He said the victim was driving from Kuala Lumpur when he was believed to have lost control of the wheel and crashed into the road divider before skidding into the lane of a Toyota Estima, which was also coming from Kuala Lumpur.

“The driver of the Toyota Estima could not brake in time and crashed into the Proton Iswara before dragging it for about 100m.

“The impact caused the Proton Iswara to split into two and then caught fire, while the Toyota Estima was seriously damaged and also caught fire,” he said when contacted here today.

However, he said the driver of the Toyota Estima and two passengers in the car managed to get out of the vehicle in time and were given outpatient treatment at the Kampar Hospital.

The body of the Proton Iswara driver was sent to Tapah Hospital for post mortem, he added.

Meanwhile, Tapah Fire and Rescue operations chief Tarmizi Rashid said firemen were sent to the crash scene after receiving a call about 3.30am and on arrival saw two cars on fire.

“Both the cars were 80% burnt, but we managed to douse the flame and extricate the victim from the wreckage,” he added.