RANAU, Dec 1, 2015:
Three people, including two siblings, died on the spot when the car they were travelling in crashed into an express bus, causing both vehicles to plunge into a 60-metre ravine along Jalan Kiau-Ranau this afternoon.
The deceased, identified as Helena Anag, 49, her brother Petrus Anag, 39, and a family friend Romex Juhari, 26, were heading to Ranau.
The express bus was travelling in the opposite direction, towards Kota Kinabalu from Tawau, when the collision took place at 3.40pm.
Twenty-five people on board the bus, including two drivers and a conductor, suffered injuries, with three reported to be in critical condition and four others classified as semi-critical.
Acting Kota Belud police chief Assistant Superintendent Jamzami Jibun said initial investigations revealed that after the collision, the car plunged into the ravine followed by the bus which rolled over it.
He said some passing motorists came to the victims’ aid.
Those on board the bus crawled out from the vehicle or were pulled out by villagers before being rushed to the Ranau District Hospital.
The four critically injured were taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital II in Kota Kinabalu.
Meanwhile, Sabah Fire and Rescue Services Department director Nordin Pauzi said firemen from here and nearby districts, namely Kota Belud and Tuaran, including Special Tactical Operation and Rescue (Storm) personnel, moved in to pull out those trapped in the bus.
“They had to use high-angle rescue techniques and bring out the injured on stretches using a pulley system,” he said.
Nordin added that firemen had to use hydraulic equipment to prise open the flattened car to extricate the three bodies.