One of 16 Singaporeans injured in Malaysia highway accident dies

One of the express buses involved in the pile up parked at side of the Karak Highway. One of the Singaporeans injured in an accident on a highway that connects Kuala Lumpur to Pahang has died in hospital early Thursday morning. -- FILE PHOTO:&nb
One of the express buses involved in the pile up parked at side of the Karak Highway. One of the Singaporeans injured in an accident on a highway that connects Kuala Lumpur to Pahang has died in hospital early Thursday morning. -- FILE PHOTO: THE STAR PUBLICATION

A Singaporean died on Thursday after succumbing to injuries in a road accident involving four vehicles along a highway that connects Kuala Lumpur to Pahang on the east coast of Malaysia.Madam Tham Choy Chan, 74, died after Wednesday midnight at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital, where she was admitted along with eight  other Singaporean tourists, who were discharged on Thursday.

Another seven Singaporeans who were sent to Selayang Hospital on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur were also discharged on Thursday.

Nine Singaporeans in the tour group were unhurt.

Local reports said Madam Tham had head, pelvic bone and thigh injuries, as well as tissue damage. She was in critical condition when admitted to hospital.Hospital authorities told The Straits Times that her family members were notified on Thursday morning and her body would be sent back to Singapore later in the evening.

The accident, which occurred on Wednesday evening, involved two buses, a trailer lorry and a car at the 31.5-km mark of the Karak Expressway. New Straits Times reported that initial investigations revealed that the heavy vehicles had collided, while the driver of the car, in a bid to avoid being hit, lost control of the vehicle and crashed into the road divider.

China Press reported that the Singaporeans had gone to Genting Highlands, a popular holiday destination, for a concert by singer Frances Yip and was on their way back to Singapore when the accident happened.

The tour members were reported to be friends who had joined the three-day, two-night trip to Genting Highlands.

One of the Singaporean victims, identified by China Press as Miss Huang, suffered from facial injuries. She said the group had asked the driver to slow down as there was an accident just three weeks ago which killed 37 people at Genting Highlands, and the driver had complied.

There was no Singaporean on that bus in the accident last month.

yyennie@sph.com.sg