Nothing wrong with factory bus in Sepang crash, say cops

The factory bus which plunged into a monsoon drain in Sepang last week, killing nine people on the spot. (Bernama pic)

SEPANG: Police say the factory bus involved in an accident which saw 12 people killed near the MASkargo complex in Sepang last week was in good condition.

KLIA district police chief ACP Zulkifli Adamsah said this was established in a report by Puspakom received yesterday.

“The factory bus was in satisfactory condition, with no technical problems with the brakes or such. The number of passengers in the bus was within the limit of 44 people including the driver.”

Speaking to reporters after handing over donations to 21 individuals in conjunction with the 212th police day celebration here, he said post-mortems on the victims found that they died due to blunt force impact to the chest.

He said police are waiting for the bus driver’s blood test report to determine if he had been driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

He added that they would seek further information on claims by one of the survivors that the bus driver had been racing when the crash occurred.

The bus driver, who was a local, and eight foreign workers were killed last Sunday when the bus which was carrying 44 people plunged into a monsoon drain near the MASkargo complex.

Two other workers died at the Putrajaya Hospital, and another succumbed to his injuries at the Serdang Hospital.

The victims were all employees of Mutiara Kayamas Sdn Bhd, a company which supplies foreign workforce.

Zulkifli said the bodies of the 12 victims had been claimed by their families or embassies and sent back to their home countries.

Eleven victims are still being treated in hospital while 20 have given their statements to the police.