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Ranau family cheats death as lorry crashes into house
Published on: Sunday, April 22, 2018

Ranau: A family of three cheated death when a 12-tonne lorry skidded and crashed into their quarters home at Jalan Ranau-Kota Kinabalu, in front of the police station here, early Saturday.

Victor @ Charles Gintarong, 49, an assistant Ranau Public Works Department engineer, and his wife, Chung Fook Lan, 48, escaped unscathed, but their son, Oswald Owen Victor, 23, sustained slight injuries on his legs and arms. Victor said he was still in bed when the incident occurred at about 6.45am.

He said his wife, who was in the living room at the time of the incident, escaped unscathed, adding that his son's bedroom bore the brunt of the crash.


"My son was sleeping when the lorry ploughed into his room. The force of the crash pushed his bed into a corner and bent the frames out of shape.

"Thankfully, the mattress shielded my son from the collapsing wall, as well as the materials flying out of the lorry's cargo compartment," he recalled.

He said members of the public came to their aid.

Ranau District Police Chief DSP Mohd Farhan Lee Abdullah, who confirmed the incident, said the 43-year-old lorry driver suffered minor injuries on his limbs.


"The lorry driver was travelling from Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan when he lost control of the vehicle carrying tiles and crashed into the government quarters.

"He was sent to Ranau Hospital for treatment," said Farhan, adding that preliminary investigation showed faulty brakes had caused the vehicle to lose control.

The case is being investigated under Section 43(1) of the Road Transport Act 1987 for reckless and inconsiderate driving leading to an accident. - Clarence George Dol

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