A Singapore tour bus carrying 12 passengers overturned and at least nine Singaporeans were wounded. The Grassland Express & Tours bus was travelling on a highway near Bukit Tinggi and passengers were heading home from Genting Highlands when the accident occurred.
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Bernama quoted Gombak police chief ACP Ali Ahmad as saying that the crash occurred during dry weather conditions, and that the bus is believed to have skidded before hitting a road divider and overturning. Seven of the passengers and the bus driver were taken to Bentong Hospital Besar, while two were taken to a hospital in Kuala Lumpur.
The Grassland double-decker bus, which had overturned at about 3.45pm, laid across at least two lanes of the highway linking Karak to Kuala Lumpur. The crashed vehicle was barricaded across all lanes of the highway except the emergency lane, causing a traffic jam that stretched more than 9km, said The Star
Channel News Asia mentioned that one of the individuals who sustained injuries was a firefighter named Naven whose mother was injured as well in the hand and leg. Speaking from Bentong Hospital’s emergency department, he said the crash happened about 30 minutes after the family had boarded the bus to return to Singapore. “I was sleeping at that time when I heard the bus ram into the road divider before overturning,” he stated.
Police are investigating whether the accident was due to careless driving or mechanical problems, according to The Straits Times
. An eyewitness who declined to be named said he saw the bus swerving to the right before hitting the divider and overturning. "It was very scary because we were just behind the bus. But I can tell that the driver wasn't speeding. He was driving within the speed limit, if I'm not mistaken.”
"He could have faced a technical problem that caused him to lose control of the bus," said the onlooker.