KUALA LUMPUR: Three runners in the KL Marathon were injured early this morning after a car was said to have ploughed through safety barriers set up on the Middle Ring Road.
A spokesperson for traffic police at Ampang Jaya confirmed with FMT that the three victims had been taking part in the Kuala Lumpur Standard Chartered marathon. “One of the victims suffered critical injuries and the other two suffered light injuries,” he said.
According to a Facebook posting by a Onizuka Rizuan, one of the victims is a colleague of his with PruBSN, who suffered a fractured hip and pelvis and injuries to his head and hands. Onizuka appealed for eye-witnesses to the accident, which he called a “hit-and-run”.
The victim, aged 44, is believed to be in stable condition and is expected to undergo surgery. He is believed to be a constituency aide to former sports minister Khairy Jamaluddin, who is MP for Rembau. A photo posted on Onizuka’s page shows Khairy at the victim’s bedside.
FMT is seeking confirmation from Khairy. Details of the other victims were not immediately available.
According to the police spokesman, eye-witnesses had reported that the accident had happened on the Kuala Lumpur Middle Ring Road (MRR2) heading towards Gombak.
He added that it was unclear if the driver had ploughed through the barricades, as there were areas under construction, and the participants may have been confused. The make and model of the car is also unknown at press time.
Marathon organisers said this evening “we are offering assistance to those affected by this incident” and they were cooperating with the authorities. More information would be provided when it becomes available.
Sports minister Syed Saddiq urged the authorities to “take swift action in finding the wrongdoer who broke through the safety barriers” and he also urged the organisers to assist the injured victims.
The KL Marathon is an annual event held since 1989. More than 30,000 people took part in this year’s event, together with about 1,900 running tourists from 73 countries.