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Teacher killed, two pupils hurt
Published on: Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Kota Kinabalu: Collision between two vehicles claimed the life of a 52-year-old teacher, leaving two pupils badly injured while three other pupils escaped unscathed along Kilometre 16, Jalan Papar- Kota Kinabalu, on Tuesday.

Penampang District Police Chief DSP Mohd Haris Ibrahim said police received a distress call from public at around 6.30am, informing of a road accident involving two four-wheeled-drive vehicles along the road.

He said initial investigations found that the driver of a Toyota Hilux was heading from Kota Kinabalu to Miri, Sarawak, before crashing into a road divider at a U-turn and skidding into the Papar - Kota Kinabalu lane.

Haris said upon entering the opposite lane, the Hilux collided into a Ford Ranger driven by the teacher, who was identified as Itum Likum, with five pupils believed to be journeying to SK Kem Lok Kawi.

"The teacher was pronounced dead by a medical officer on the way to the hospital while the Hilux driver and his wife did not sustain any injuries. The deceased was sent to the hospital for autopsy.

"The pupils, aged 10 to 12-years-old, who suffered from broken legs and teeth were rushed to Queen Elizabeth Hospital 1 for treatment," he said.

The case is being investigated under Section 41 (1) of the Road Transport Act 1987.

Meanwhile in another incident, a 58-year-old man sustained light injuries after the Perodua Kancil he was in collided with a trailer lorry along the Sepanggar tunnel traffic light, Tuesday.

It was believed that the 47-year-old trailer lorry driver was heading from Telipok to Sepanggar and when he reached the tunnel, the Kancil had collided into the centre of the trailer lorry.

Fire and Rescue Department received a distress call at 10.56am and rushed a team of 17 firefighters led by operations officer Jamudin Hussin with a fire engine and an EMRS vehicle to the scene.

The Kancil driver, identified as Shamsudin Wahab, was stuck inside his vehicle and was extricated by Fire and Rescue personnel, sustaining light injuries to his leg and hand. The victim was sent to the hospital for treatment.

Fire and Rescue personnel conducted an inspection to ensure there were no more dangers at the scene.

Police were also at the scene.

The operation ended at 11.24am. - Jegathisan Sivanesan and Jimmy Goh

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