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Pahang coach crash: Bus 'was going very fast in heavy rain', says Singaporean survivor

S'porean survivor recounts events leading to crash in Pahang

Published on Apr 22, 2014 9:34 AM
The upper deck of the double-decker coach bus was flattened in the accident. -- PHOTO: CHINA PRESS

A Singaporean tourist who survived Sunday's Malaysian coach horror told The Straits Times she came from the "luckiest family" yesterday.

Recounting her ordeal, Ms Lam Yee Ling, 21, also claimed that the driver had been going "very fast" in heavy rain before plunging 15m off the Segamat-Kuantan highway into a ravine next to an oil palm plantation in Pahang state.

The upper deck was flattened in the accident, which killed British engineer Harry Christopher Woolhouse, 32. Three Chinese nationals remain hospitalised.

Ms Lam, who was on her way back from Pulau Redang with her parents and brother, had been asleep just before the crash, five hours into the nine-hour journey.

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Background story


I'm very thankful I can stand here and talk to you like this. Some of the victims had blood all over their faces.

- Ms Lam Yee Ling, who was on the bus


We are not fire-fighting experts. It was the first time I've encountered something like this. The authorities had to explain things to me.

- Mr Michael Sim, Sany Travel's director