BALIK PULAU: Police have identified the Singaporean woman who was killed in an accident involving a tourist van on Jalan Teluk Kumbar yesterday.
Southwest police chief Kamarul Rizal Jenal said the victim had been identified as Lee Kwee Yiam, 62.
He said in the accident near Leisure Park restaurant, 10 other people, including the van driver and a local man, were hurt.
“The victim’s body has been sent to Balik Pulau Hospital’s forensic unit for a post-mortem. Those injured have been taken to the Penang and Balik Pulau hospitals for treatment,” he told reporters here today.
Kamarul said the van was transporting 10 tourists, nine of them Singaporeans, aged between 50 and 69.
He said the 61-year-old driver was believed to have lost control of the vehicle while cruising down a hill, causing it to skid and plunge into a six-metre-deep ravine.
Meanwhile, state tourism and creative economy committee chairman Wong Hon Wai said three victims treated at Balik Pulau Hospital had been discharged, four were receiving treatment at Penang Hospital and three had been transferred to private hospitals.
Wong said he had also alerted the Singapore High Commissioner’s office in Kuala Lumpur about the accident and the state government was ready to provide assistance to the victims.
“The state government has also instructed the hospitals to facilitate and help those involved in the accident last night,” he said after visiting the victims at Balik Pulau Hospital.
Yesterday, Seri Balik Pulau fire and rescue station operations chief N Prenavaran said the station was alerted about the accident at 8.20pm and the rescue operation ended at about 10.45pm after the last victim was taken to the hospital.