Two more victims of the freak accident between a tanker and two buses along Kilometre 94.1 of the North-South Expressway near Yong Peng in Johor have died.
This brings the number of those killed in the accident to five people.
Batu Pahat police chief Assistant Commissioner Din Ahmad said both victims died about 7pm yesterday while receiving treatment at Sultanah Nora Ismail Hospital in Batu Pahat.
“The deceased have been identified as the 46-year-old tanker driver G. Gothandam and a female Chinese national, who was a tourist on the ill-fated bus,” he said today.
Din said all the remains of the deceased were under-going post-mortem procedures, while the injured were still being treated in the hospital.
He said the case was being investigated under Section 41 (1) of the Road Transport Act 1987 for causing death by reckless driving.
Yesterday’s accident at 5.30pm saw the north-bound tanker lose control, crossing over to the opposite side of the expressway where it collided with two buses bound for Johor Baru.
Initial investigations revealed the tanker from Johor Baru had a burst tyre which caused it to skid and lose control.
The accident created a massive traffic congestion that lasted more than three hours on both sides of the expressway.
Three female Chinese tourists were killed during the incident, while 11 others were hurt.
Another 24 passengers from another bus were safe and no one was injured.