IPOH: Fourteen people, including 12 passengers of a Five Stars express bus, were injured in a three-vehicle accident on Malaysia's North-South Expressway near Gopeng, Perak.
The collision, which involved the double-decker bus, a container lorry and another lorry transporting paper, happened on Wednesday (Dec 6) at around 5.30am, according to Simpang Pulai Fire and Rescue Station head of operations S Ganeson.
He said the bus was believed to be travelling from Singapore to Ipoh.
Reporters has reached out to The One Travel & Tours, the operator of the bus involved in the crash, on reports that one of the injured passengers died in hospital. The company declined to comment on the matter.
Five Stars, the express bus service involved in the accident, was acquired by The One Travel and Tours in 2014.
A report quoted a Fire and Rescue Department spokesman as saying that the driver of the bus is believed to have rammed his vehicle into the back of the trailer transporting paper.
The container lorry was then unable to brake in time, and smashed into the rear of the bus.
The spokesman said there were three male and nine female passengers in the bus with serious injuries.
"The bus driver managed to pull himself out of the wreckage," the spokesman said.
Upon arrival at the location, Ganeson said the rescue team of 12 firefighters found the passengers of the bus and its driver injured.
According to the New Straits Times, the container lorry driver, who was trapped and injured, had to be extricated. The driver of the second lorry escaped unhurt.
All of the injured were taken to Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital for treatment.