APAD and JPJ to probe touring van company involved in deadly van collision in Genting Highlands

Malay Mail
Malay Mail

PUTRAJAYA, Feb 9 — Transport Minister Anthony Loke said today he has instructed the Land Public Transport Commission (APAD) and the Road Transport Department (JPJ) to immediately conduct a probe on the touring van company involved in yesterday's crash at Genting Highlands which has claimed the lives of seven victims so far.

Loke said he has also relayed instructions to the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS) to investigate and determine the cause of the collision, believed to have taken place after the van lost control before striking a road divider while in descent near a sharp bend.

“Of course, every accident must be a lesson to all so it does not repeat again.

“We will also have to determine if the road design (of where the accident took place) endangers other motorists as well,” he told a press conference at the ministry here.

Loke said MIROS would later present its findings on road safety design to his ministry for follow-up action to be taken with the Public Works Department.

The accident took place at KM4.8 Jalan Genting Highlands near Bentong, Pahang yesterday afternoon.

Police said initial investigations revealed that 13 passengers in the van were heading to Penang from Genting Highlands when the van they were travelling in lost control and hit the concrete divider.

The van driver and five others died at the scene while another died while receiving treatment at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital.