TAPAH, Jan 15 (Bernama) — Seven passengers were burnt to death when a tour bus caught fire after it crashed into a ditch along the North-South Expressway near the Tapah toll plaza early today, police said.
Tapah Police chief Supt Som Sak Din Keliaw said 22 other passengers were injured, 15 of them seriously, and one passenger had not been accounted for.
He said the accident happened at 1.15 am on the south-bound stretch of the highway after the bus, which was carrying 30 passengers from Kuala Kurau to Cameron Highlands, skidded and crashed into the ditch to the left when trying to avoid hitting a tyre on the road.
He said the bodies of the seven passengers and the injured passengers had been sent to the Tapah Hospital.
All the 30 passengers were Malaysian Chinese, he said, adding that the police were looking for the missing passenger.