Family of 4 injured in 3-bus chain collision on North-South Expressway from Singapore to KL

Mr Gui Zhiyuan, 59, injured his spine after being thrown from his seat when the tour bus he was on hit two others in a chain collision along Malaysia's North-South Expressway.
Mr Gui Zhiyuan, 59, injured his spine after being thrown from his seat when the tour bus he was on hit two others in a chain collision along Malaysia's North-South Expressway.PHOTO: SHIN MIN DAILY NEWS

A family of four on their way from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur for a holiday were involved in a three-bus chain collision on Malaysia's North-South Expressway (NSE) on June 8.

Mr Gui Zhiyuan was with his wife, daughter and son-in-law on a tour bus when it hit another two tour buses in a chain collision near the Yong Peng stretch of the NSE.

The 59-year-old retiree received spinal injuries, while his daughter had a concussion from the impact, Shin Min Daily News reported on Tuesday (June 13). His wife and son-in-law required stitches for their injuries.

Mr Gui told Shin Min that he was in the front rows with his wife and was resting when the accident occurred.

"We were suddenly woken up by a great impact," he said. "There were no seatbelts on the bus, so I flew out of my seat and fell back on it, and my wife hit a metal pole."

After the crash, Mr Gui could not get up and felt dizzy from the pain.

Paramedics carried him out from the bus on a stretcher, and the family of four were taken to Batu Pahat Hospital.

He was taken back to Singapore as his injuries were serious, and arrived at Singapore General Hospital at 3am the next day.

Mr Gui told Shin Min that he was in the front rows with his wife and was resting when the accident occurred.

"We were suddenly woken up by a great impact," he said. "There were no seatbelts on the bus, so I flew out of my seat and hit it again, and my wife hit a metal pole."

After the crash, Mr Gui could not get up and felt dizzy from the pain.

Paramedics carried him out from the bus on a stretcher, and the family of four were taken to Batu Pahat Hospital.

He was taken back to Singapore as his injuries were serious, and arrived at Singapore General Hospital at 3am the next day.

He had two operations, while his wife received eight stitches for an injury on her left leg. His daughter hit her head and had a concussion, while his son-in-law got stitches for a foot injury.

Mr Gui said the family had to return home after being on the bus for just two hours.

"We started out happily, on a holiday, and never expected that this would happen before we even got to enjoy ourselves," he said. "I just want to know why there are no seatbelts on the bus, and why the travel agency did not send anyone to help us."

Accidents along the North-South Expressway involving express buses are common. Earlier this month, nine were injured when an express bus travelling from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur collided with a trailer near Pagoh town.

Last month, a man was killed and three injured in a two-car accident along the highway at KM318.