KUALA NERUS (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - A Malaysian auxiliary fireman was shocked to find out that the dead accident victims he was helping to remove from a wrecked car were his father, twin brother and two relatives.
Azlan Mustapha almost collapsed at the scene when he checked the identification card and discovered the horrific truth, and had to be consoled by his colleagues.
The four were killed in a freak accident after a three-tonne lorry went out of control and rammed their car in Tepoh in Terengganu on Thursday.
They were identified as Mustapha Abdullah, 56, his 32-year-old son Azman Mustapha, and two relatives, Mohd Sabri Ngah, 48, and Alif Ibrahim, 26.
State Fire and Rescue Department operations management chief Zulkhairul Mohamed Razilah said the 12.40am accident took place when a lorry rammed the car, which was going in the opposite direction.
“The Fire and Rescue Department, together with some volunteer firemen, took some 30 minutes to extricate the deceased from the wrecked Proton Saga.
“The victims were all pronounced dead at the scene by the paramedics,” he said.
Zulkhairul said the lorry driver escaped without any injuries but had been detained at the Kuala Terengganu district police headquarters to assist in investigations.
Speaking to reporters at the Sultanah Nur Zahirah Hospital in Kuala Terengganu, Azlan said that he was still in shock and disbelief.
“I never even thought that such a day would come. My father, twin brother and our relatives often go out for supper and they were returning from supper when the tragedy happened,” he said.