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Conflicting accounts of Genting crash, Transport Minister vows thorough investigation

Published on Aug 23, 2013 7:06 AM
 
Rescuers at work yesterday at the crash site, where a bus dived into a ravine in Genting Highlands. -- PHOTO: DEMOTIX

Conflicting accounts swirled yesterday of what led a packed bus to dive into a ravine, killing 37 people in Malaysia's worst traffic accident, as grieving relatives identified bodies at the morgue of Kuala Lumpur General Hospital.

One survivor said the bus driver was upset with the driver of another car that had recklessly overtaken the bus on the steep, winding road from Genting Highlands. Another survivor said the brakes on the bus failed and the driver swerved to avoid hitting a lorry.

Meanwhile, the authorities denied early reports that the bus was overloaded or was blacklisted because of outstanding summons.

At a press conference yesterday, Acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said it was too early to draw conclusions and promised a thorough investigation.

 
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BUS BRAKES FAIL

The bus was not speeding, but when it approached the temple, it lost its brakes. It kept picking up speed and everyone was screaming in fear. There was a lorry in front and the bus driver had to swerve to avoid it and lost control.

- Bus passenger Suriardi Budiarto, 52

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